Roberto Aguayo showed an uncanny ability to focus during his three seasons as an All-American kicker. NFL teams found out during the Seminoles’ Pro Day on Tuesday what Florida State fans already knew.
NFL personnel in attendance tried everything they could to distract Aguayo, the three-time All-American. At one point, a member of the Steelers organization continued to badger Aguayo with questions as he was warming up.
Then, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin rushed in to call a timeout as Aguayo was lining for a 50-yard kick they said was a potential game winner.
The Steelers could have saved themselves the time and energy by asking FSU’s opponents the last three years and most of them would have said the same thing. … that nothing much was able to rattle the Seminoles’ kicker.
Aguayo had another good day in front of the scouts. He missed just two field goal attempts, and all of his kickoffs sailed out of the end zone. He was pleased with his day and continued to call himself the top kicker available in the draft. He is hoping to be selected in the second round.
“At the combine, I tore it up,” Aguayo said. “I think I separated myself from the other guys. My body of work here and my consistency through the years and now working out and at the combine, pro day and private workouts just solidifies what I’m doing.”
Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher told reporters that the scout were saying Aguayo’s was “one of the better workouts in a while.”
Aguayo never missed a kick inside 40 yards in his FSU career, a significant fact considering that PAT’s were pushed back to 33 yards in the NFL last season and the success rate was less than 90 percent. He was 69 of 78 on field goals and made all 198 PAT attempts.
“It works out with the extra point farther,” Aguayo said. “It just weeds out those kickers that aren’t really accurate. Anybody can really make a 20-yard field goal. But moving it back, the percentage rate, making it from 33 yards, is 88 percent. I think it helps me being 100 percent inside 40.”
Aguayo and defensive back Jalen Ramsey were the focus of the Seminoles’ pro day.