Last season the Miami Dolphins took a shot on a undrafted D3 kicker out of RPI named Andrew Franks. The 6’1 kicker entered Dolphins minicamp ready to compete despite the team’s trust in established kicker Caleb Sturgis, who the team drafted in 2013 out of the University of Florida.
After putting on a kicking clinic in the preseason it was the small school Franks who won the starting job with the Dolphins, leaving the recently drafted Sturgis jobless. Franks proved to be the right choice for the Dolphins, going 13/16 finishing with a 81.3 FG % and hit a NFL career long 53 yd FG.
This year in the 2016 NFL Draft, it was the Tampa Bay Buccaneers who traded up to draft Florida State kicker Roberto Aguayo in the 2nd round. Aguayo figures to play a key role in Tampa after the Buccaneers finished 30th in the NFL, converting just 72.5% of their FGs with veteran kicker Connor Barth. Aguayo might be one of the best kickers we’ve seen in ages as he became the most accurate kicker in college football history converting 267 FGs out of 276 in his career. Look for Aguayo to be an offensive weapon for Tampa for years to come. People don’t understand how crucial special teams are. Look at how many kickers have won games for their team. Without Adam Vinatieri, the Patriots don’t win three Super Bowls. So, remember that kickers are people too! #Overlooked