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Belichick lesson inspired Bucs GM to take kicker in second round

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers shocked a lot of people when they traded up to take kicker Roberto Aguayo in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft.

Kicker in the second round? In fact, Bucs general manager Jason Licht told PewterReport.com that he had a first-round grade on the prospect from Florida State.  

Licht, who served as a scout for the New England Patriots from 1999-2002 and director of pro personnel from 2009-2011, credited his time with Belichick and the Patriots organization for his high draft grade for Aguayo.

"None of us had the kicker, Stephen Gostkowski, in our top 10 -- even though he was an excellent kicker," Licht said, explaining Belichick’s lesson. "After we were done, Bill said, 'Nobody wants to put Gostkowski in our top 10? Why, just because he's a kicker?' Bill made us 'rethink that' and he got his point across. He said, 'You tell me 10 other players that are more important than him'"

Stephen Gostkowski has been very important to the Patriots since being drafted in the fourth round of the 2006 NFL Draft. In his career, Gostkowski has a field goal percentage of 87.3 and an extra point percentage of 99.8

"I know how good of a feeling that is to have a guy like that when you know that a lot of the games are going to come down to field goals -- a lot of the games come down to the kicker,” said Licht.