Miller's role as Aguayo's trainer at the esteemed IMG Academy in nearby Bradenton, Florida is what makes his opinion particularly informed in Aguayo's case. One of the more talked-about selections of the draft considering the round that he was selected and his position, the Florida State product received rave reviews from Miller for his work ethic. "I couldn't be happier for the kid. He put the work in...He's a great student. He wants to be the best. He's very deserving of this opportunity." Despite the considerable criticism that's been levied at Tampa for the pick, the former Bucs assistant believes that the fact that 59 NFL regular-season games were decided by three points or less last year-- as well as the new rule that moves touchbacks to the 25-yard line-- justifies the investment in the former Seminole. Aguayo was successful on 90 percent of his college field-goal attempts, and was perfect on all 108 extra-point tries, making him the most accurate kicker in NCAA history.
Fairbairn made all 47 of his extra points and 20 of his 24 field-goal attempts during his seasons year. Nick Novak ended the 2015 season as the team's kicker, but he didn't perform so well that the Texans shouldn't entertain other options.
It's a surprising pick both because Aguayo is a kicker and because Connor Barth has actually done quite well as a kicker in Tampa Bay. Still, with Tampa spending a second-round pick on Aguayo, he's the starter for sure going forward. Aguayo was one of the most accurate kickers in college football history at Florida State, converting 69-of-78 field goal attempts and all 198 of his extra point attempts.
McManus excelled in his first full year on the job in 2015, ranking fifth in league in both field goals, 30, and field goals of 50 yards or longer, five. A big leg combined with eight games Denver's thin air tends to add up to a quality fantasy kicker. McManus' real-life football value might dip in 2016, however. His booming leg led him to rank fifth in the league with 55 touchbacks in 2015 - a skill that will lose some of its appeal now that touchbacks will be taken out to the 25-yard line.
Brown is fresh off the best statistical season of his 13-year career, as he converted 30-of-32 field goal attempts for the Giants last year. Although he'll turn 37 years old soon, Brown has shown little signs of aging and should provide a reliable weapon in New York's kicking game for the next couple campaigns.
It appears the Rams are willing to give "Legatron" one more shot at turning things around after a disappointing 2015 campaign in which he converted just 20-of-30 field goal attempts and 26-of-28 extra point attempts. It's possible he will have some competition in camp as well, but Zuerlein will likely enter the favorite to retain the job.
Coons set an NFL record by making 18 consecutive field goals to begin his career last season, when he converted 28-of-32 attempts overall. Such consistency has him slated to be the Browns' starting kicker once again this term.
A candidate to be released, Carpenter had to make some concessions if he wanted to stick with Buffalo. In addition to a $250,000 pay cut that can be recouped through incentives, he also agreed to move his upcoming $250,000 roster bonus back to September. Carpenter will still have to fend off competition for his job, as last season's 85.2 percent conversion rate on field goals would look a whole lot better if he hadn't missed six extra points.
Dawson turned 41 in January and his range has never been better than average, but he remained a remarkably accurate kicker in 2015, making 24-of-27 attempts. If Chip Kelly sees to an uptempo offense of even modest success in San Francisco, Dawson should have a good number of field goal opportunities in 2016.
Forbath returns to the fold, but he's slated to face some competition this summer, with veteran kicker Josh Scobee having recently inked a deal with the Saints.