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No, Roberto Aguayo isn't the worst NFL draft pick of all time – The Draft Wire

If I were an NFL general manager, I would never spend a draft pick on a kicker.
I certainly wouldn’t trade up in the second round to take one, regardless of his college production or consistency.
But as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers finally admitted defeat on the Roberto Aguayo experiment by releasing the highly drafted former Florida State star, many are already confirming his selection as the worst pick in NFL draft history.
Not so fast, my friends.
Was it a bad decision? Absolutely. Bucs general manager Jason Licht will probably be the first person to admit this. He had tried bringing in experienced vets and went the undrafted free agent route, but the team’s kicking struggles continued. It got so bad that Licht made a bold move to fix it, and he whiffed big time.
But missing on a second-round pick, regardless of position, is far from the worst move an NFL team has made in the draft.
Those are reserved for top picks like JaMarcus Russell and Ryan Leaf, quarterbacks who had impressive physical tools but couldn’t deliver on the promise of being the savior at the game’s most important position. Workout warriors like Tony Mandarich, Mike Mamula and Brian Bosworth, who never delivered on the hype after coming off the board early in the first round. Pass-rushers like Courtney Brown who went No. 1 overall but managed only 19 career sacks.
Over the next few days, you’ll see tons of tweets and quotes about who the Bucs could have picked instead. You’ll see Licht raked across the coals for a decision most fans have decried since the moment it was made. But while it was a horrible pick, it certainly doesn’t rank among the worst in league history, and Licht should get credit for admitting his mistake quickly and cutting his losses rather than hanging on to try and preserve his own ego.
Preseason football is stuffed full of overreactions in every direction. This situation will be no different.
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