Roberto Aguayo Is Having One of the Worst Kicking Seasons Since 2000

Aguayo was a second-round pick, but his struggles place him in concerning company so far.

It's not exactly common that an NFL team spends second-round draft capital on a kicker.

But when you have a chance at one of the most accurate kickers in collegiate history, it's at least a little justified -- right?

That's what the Tampa Bay Buccaneers did with Roberto Aguayo, selecting him 59th overall in the 2016 NFL Draft. They actually traded up to get him though, shining an even brighter spotlight on the kicker from Florida State.

In his fifth career game, the rookie nailed a game-winning field goal -- but only after missing twice in the team's Week 5 contest against the Carolina Panthers on Monday Night Football.

Overall, he is eight for nine on extra-point attempts and four for eight on his field goal attempts, but none have been from 50 yards or longer. He's just one for four from attempts 40 to 49 yards away and three for four from 30 to 39 yards out.

In all, Aguayo's makes (or more accurately misses) have yielded a loss of 6.72 expected points for the Buccaneers' offense, according to our Net Expected Points (NEP) metric. That places him last among all kickers so far this season. He is one of just eight kickers to lose his team points, as well.

His Field Goal NEP per attempt of -0.78 ranks him 578th among 582 kickers with at least eight field goal attempts in a season since 2000.

It's early. It's eight attempts. And he just nailed a game-winning field goal over the reigning NFC champions.

Hopefully this is a sign of things to come.