After defensive back Jalen Ramsey became yet another first-round draft pick out of Florida State on Thursday night, kicker Roberto Aguayo (6-0, 207) joined him in the professional ranks on Friday evening when the Tampa Bay Bucs traded up and selected him in the second round of 2016's NFL Draft with the 59th overall pick. Aguayo is the sixth Seminole kicker to be picked in the draft, joining Dustin Hopkins (round six, 2013), Sebastian Janikowski (round one, 2000), Richie Andrews (round six, 1991), Bill Capece (round 12, 1981), and Grant Guthrie (round six, 1970).
The 'Noles are currently quite well represented at the kicker position in the NFL. Along with Oakland's Janikowski and Washington's Hopkins, Graham Gano, though undrafted, kicks for the Carolina Panthers. Aguayo with the Bucs makes four FSU kickers in the league: no other collegiate program can lay claim to as many on NFL rosters, at present. He also has a higher grade than any other draft-eligible specialist this year at NFL.com.
And if you consider the words of FSU head coach Jimbo Fisher about Aguayo, it's not difficult to see why:
I'm thrilled for Roberto and his family. He was a phenomenal player for us, but an even better person. He will go down as one of the greatest kickers in college football history. He was a leader on and off the field here at Florida State and was a class act from the minute he stepped on campus. I couldn't be happier for him. He was a pleasure to coach. I look forward to him continuing the FSU legacy of kickers in the NFL and I'm excited to watch him compete for the Buccaneers for years to come.
Aguayo joins fellow Seminole Jameis Winston as former 'Noles on the Bucs' roster. You can check out our profile of Aguayo by clicking here.