A kicker coming off the board in Round 2? Keep dreamin', kid ...
Or not. Former NFL scout Daniel Jeremiah says he can see the former Seminole coming off the board in the second round -- and that the kicker definitely won't make it past Round 3. This would put Aguayo, who decided to enter the draft after his junior season, in rarified air. We haven't seen a placekicker selected in the first three rounds since 2005, when the Jets grabbed Mike Nugent in Round 2 and the Chiefs snatched up Dustin Colquitt in Round 3. Of course, we all remember when another Seminole, Sebastian Janikowski, went to the Raiders in Round 1 at No. 17 overall.
All of this -- and the recent decision to permanently leave extra points at the 15-yard line -- raises one obvious question: Would you take a kicker on Day 2 (Round 2/3)?
The reason to not take him is only nine of the 32 primary kickers in the NFL last season were drafted at all (the others originally entered the league as undrafted free-agent signees). It is clearly an area where you can find a solution without expending any draft capital. I knew a team that hired a coach whose sole job was to concentrate on finding a punter and kicker without drafting one. It can be done and can save you money/draft picks.
Usually the team that drafts a kicker high is either a good team that can afford to use a second- or third-round pick on a specialist instead of a position player. The other scenario where a kicker could be taken high in the draft is when a team has extra picks. The compensatory picks start in the third round -- a round where you might see a team take
In the third, fourth or fifth rounds, teams are often shaking the dice and hoping their draft picks pan out. If you have a guy who is a proven kicker in college and that's your team need, then you should take that risk because he'll most likely be used right away.
For a team that's struggled to find a consistent kicker, a late draft pick is somewhere between reasonable and advisable. But second-day picks are for prospects who are going to be on the field more than a few snaps per game.