Sixth-Round Pick: Chiefs Select Southern Miss DT

From the Truman Sports Complex

On the last selection of the sixth round in the 2015 NFL Draft the Chiefs used the No. 217 selection on a big defensive tackle.

Rakeem Nunez-Roches comes out of Southern Mississippi University, where he grabbed 132 tackles, 17 sacks and four forced fumbles over his career.

A native of the Central America country of Belize, Nunez-Roches moved to the United States with his mother in 2000 when he was six years old. They settled in Phenix City, Alabama where he played at Central High School and was coached by former NFL linebacker and Chiefs assistant coach Woodrow Lowe.

He played in six games as a true freshman in 2011, became a starting defensive tackle the next season, but suffered a knee injury in the second game of the 2012 season and missed the rest of the season. He was granted a medical redshirt year and came back in 2014 and played in 11 games with 58 total tackles, 14 tackles for loss and three sacks as he earned All-Conference USA first team honors.

Nunez-Roches participated in the NFL Combine and was clocked in 5.02 seconds in the 40-yards dash with 26 reps on the bench press at 22 5 pounds and a 34-inch vertical jump.


One Response to “Sixth-Round Pick: Chiefs Select Southern Miss DT”

  • May 3, 2015  - Tenand6 says:

    As with every pick, youtube has enough film to give an idea on athleticism. Easy to see why the Chiefs took this guy. He’s quick, has a nose for the ball and pursues all over the field. Big time motor and plays smart. Gets turned a little too often but stays on his feet. With some coaching looks like a guy you’d want in a rotation on passing downs.




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