Roberto Aguayo will be an instant-impact rookie

459426572I know. I know. The title just screams “Captain Obvious” for many. But there are still some doubters out there. NFL Media’s Gil Brandt is not one of them.

Brandt lists 11 players from last weekend’s NFL Draft that will make an immediate impact for their teams and new Bucs kicker Roberto Aguayo is one of them.

Here’s what Brandt had to say:

The most accurate kicker in NCAA history (with a .9673 conversion rate) is a very confident player who will solve the Buccaneers’ kicking problems for a long time. He is the highest-drafted kicker since the Jets took Mike Nugent — who, coincidentally, had a brief stint with Tampa — in Round 2 (No. 47 overall) of the 2005 NFL Draft. Yes, the Bucs traded up to get Aguayo, but he really only has to win one game to make that investment worth it. Aguayo doesn’t have a Sebastian Janikowski-type leg, but kickers have a tendency to get stronger with age.

That is exciting to read. While many continue to criticize the decision to trade up for a player (or a “kicker” as many like to emphasize) the reasons for the selection cancel out the negativity from so many — primarily the stat zombies.

Aguayo and the Bucs will be just fine. Tampa Bay finished the 2015 season with a 25th ranked kicker in Connor Barth who is no longer with the team. There is only room for improvement now. And Aguayo will provide just that.

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