TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP)
Roberto Aguayo put his best foot forward and will stay in the state of Florida. Aguayo, from Florida State, was selected by the Buccaneers in the second round of the draft and was the 59th overall pick.
The previous kicker to go in the second round was Mike Nugent, who was the 47th overall pick by the New York Jets in 2005.
Aguayo also became the first kicker since Sebastian Janikowski to forgo his senior year in college. As a freshman in 2013, he won the Lou Groza Award as the nation's top kicker, setting an FBS record with 157 points as the Seminoles won the national championship.
As a sophomore he was a first-team selection to The Associated Press All-America team for the second straight season. Had he stayed for his senior season, Aguayo would have likely set NCAA records for scoring.
Buccaneers select DE Noah Spence in 2nd round of NFL draft
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have addressed the need for a pass rusher with the selection of Eastern Kentucky's Noah Spence in the second round of the NFL draft.
Spence was the eighth player selected Friday night, No. 39 overall. He began his college career at Ohio State, but wound up at Eastern Kentucky because of off-the-field issues that kept him being a first-round pick.
The Bucs are using the draft to re-tool a defense that allowed opponents to complete 70 percent of passes and throw for 31 touchdowns last season. Part of the problem was an inconsistent pass rush.
General manager Jason Licht and first-year coach Dirk Koetter began the defensive overhaul with the signings of end Robert Ayers, cornerback Brent Grimes and linebacker Daryl Smith in free agency. They selected cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III with the 11th overall pick on the opening day of the draft.