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FSU kicker eyes 49ers as potential landing spot

Florida State place kicker Roberto Aguayo (19) prepares to kick a field goal during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Georgia Tech, Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015, in Atlanta.
Florida State place kicker Roberto Aguayo (19) prepares to kick a field goal during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Georgia Tech, Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015, in Atlanta. AP

INDIANAPOLIS -- Some draft publications list offensive line as the 49ers' top need, some insist it's receiver. Or defensive line. Or pass rusher. Or quarterback.

Of all the team's deficiencies, kicker gets little attention, although the numbers suggest it's a pretty big one. The 49ers have exactly one kicker signed for the 2016 season and it's probably not the one you're thinking of.

Phil Dawson, who was voted the team's MVP for 2015 and who turned 41 last month, is scheduled for free agency after making $4 million last season. In January, the team signed free agent Corey Acosta, a so-called “camp leg” in 2015 who made all four attempts in the preseason but who never has kicked in a game.

All of which makes them interesting to Florida State's Roberto Aguayo, who is considered the best prospect at his position.

"Oh, yeah. They're definitely in the mix," Aguayo said of the 49ers Wednesday at the scouting combine. "They're definitely one of the higher teams looking for a kicker."

Aguayo said the Colts and Saints stood out to him as other candidates.

One of the ideal traits for a kicker is confidence, and Aguayo doesn't lack in that department.

He entered the draft as a junior, which is rare for a specialist. He's already graduated from Florida State, earned his degree and says it's not out of the realm of possibility he becomes the first kicker since Sebastian Janikowski to be taken in the first round.

"It's been done, it can be done again," he said. "But I'm just controlling what I can control and being the best I can be."

He won the Lou Groza award as a red-shirt freshman and has yet to miss an extra point. He also made all of his college kicks inside of 40 yards. Overall, Aguayo was 69-78 on field goals for the Seminoles.

The 49ers also might be considered a possible landing spot considering they were the only team to draft a punter last year, taking Bradley Pinion in the fifth round. In addition, they are expected to have a league-high 12 picks when compensatory selections are announced next month.

Matt Barrows: @mattbarrows, read more about the team at sacbee.com/sf49ers.

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