Bucs GM Jason Licht vows not to draft a kicker this year

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Since Jason Licht became the Buccaneers’ General Manager in 2014, only two kickers have been selected among the Top 150 picks in an NFL draft: Roberto Aguayo, whom Licht drafted No. 59 overall in 2016, and Matt Gay, whom Licht drafted No. 145 overall in 2019.

Aguayo and Gay were both busts, and Licht has learned his lesson.

Today Licht said there is one position he has ruled out heading into the 2021 NFL draft.

I won’t take a kicker,” Licht said, via Greg Auman of TheAthletic.com.

Ryan Succop was the Bucs’ kicker last year and signed a three-year contract extension this offseason, so Licht thinks he has solved the kicker problem for the coming years. The other 31 NFL GMs would be wise to learn from Licht’s mistake, and recognize that drafting a kicker, especially early in the draft, is unwise.

7 responses to “Bucs GM Jason Licht vows not to draft a kicker this year

  1. Matt Gay will go one to probably have a long career. It probably takes a few years to get your head on straight as an NFL kicker.

    It seems most successful kickers were either drafted late or bounced around until they found their opportunity and grabbed it. Look at Younghoe Koo. He bounced around, got cut for missing kicks, played in one of those startup leagues, came back to the Falcons, and was cold as ice last year.

    If I was a GM, I’m not sure I’d ever draft a kicker. But if I did, it would be in the sixth or seventh round at the highest.

  2. If they’re a great kicker you should get them. Down by 2 in the 4th…it makes a difference. If it’s between the 24th best positional player and the top kicker in the country. I’ll take the kicker.

  3. Don’t forget the Raiders drafting Seabass in the first round! Janokowski played for them for 18 years and finished his career with +80 % accuracy and tied record for a 63 yarder. This in addition to his booming kickoffs. Licht just missed, it happens.

  4. Why not draft a kicker?? Our Vikings got such great returns by drafting Blair Walsh, Daniel Carlson, and Jeff Locke (punter)!!

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