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NFC South Q&A: How does the division view the Bucs trading up for K Roberto Aguayo?

Today's question: In April's NFL draft, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers made a shocking move -- trading back into the second round to select Florida State kicker Roberto Aguayo with the 59th overall pick. It was the first time in 11 years that a kicker was selected in the first three rounds of the draft. How did the rest of the NFC South view the move?

David Newton, Carolina Panthers reporter: I will say there was a collective chuckle from the Carolina media room on draft day. Look, the Bucs have a lot more issues than their kicker. While I don't denigrate the importance of the kicking game, it was a need selection. Teams that draft on need over the best player available typically make mistakes unless their roster is so complete that they can afford to take that risk. The Bucs' roster wasn't and isn't that complete. I'll defer to Carolina general manager Dave Gettleman, who took a defensive tackle with his first two picks of the 2013 draft. He was chastised at the time, with the so-called experts saying he had bigger needs than a second tackle. That second tackle was Kawann Short, who led the team with 11 sacks this past season and was selected to the Pro Bowl. He and 2013 first-round pick Star Lotulelei were a big reason for Carolina's Super Bowl run. You build from the inside out, not from special teams in.

Vaughn McClure, Atlanta Falcons reporter: I don't think anybody around Atlanta really cares. The Falcons have their own kicking situation to address with veteran Matt Bryant coming off a calf injury that obviously negatively affected him a year ago. The Falcons brought in competition for Bryant in the form of undrafted rookie Nick Rose from Texas. Rose has a big leg but is inconsistent. Back to Aguayo, I think it will only become a topic of discussion in Atlanta if he pulls off some game-winners for the Buccaneers immediately. Oh, by the way, the Bucs defeated the Falcons twice last season by scores of 23-20 and 23-19, so we'll probably see the teams play it close again this coming season.

Mike Triplett, New Orleans Saints reporter: The Saints could hardly scoff at the idea, since they've burned through a whopping 10 kickers over the past 10 years under coach Sean Payton. In fact, they just signed Tampa Bay castoff Connor Barth this offseason to compete for the chance to be No. 11 in 11 years. So I think the Saints would consider using a third- or fourth-round pick on a kicker if they were convinced he had the potential to stick in the role for more than a decade. I'm not sure if they are as convinced as the Bucs that Aguayo will be that type of guy, but I think they at least appreciate the move as a fellow team searching for consistency at that position.