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Five Things to Know About DL Rakeem Nunez-Roches

Posted May 2, 2015

Getting to know the Chiefs’ 2015 sixth-round pick

Chiefs getting a steal late in the draft

According to CBS Sports, Nunez-Roches (6’2”, 307 pounds) was projected as a third or fourth-round pick.

He earned first-team All-CUSA honors as a junior after finishing the season with 58 tackles, including 14 tackles for loss and three sacks.

Awaiting the call on draft day

According to the Hattiesburg American, Nunez-Roches was going to be watching the NFL Draft with his family and his grandmother is going to do the catering.

“She’s makes this dish where she puts gravy inside a plantain and she’ll beat it with a wooden stick so it’s mushy,” Nunez-Roches said.

“She’ll put some fish in there and marinate it. Oh, it’s so good. I haven’t seen anybody eat a bowl of it and not go straight to sleep afterward.”

Lance Zierlein of NFL.com said this about Nunez-Roches:

“Fires out of starting blocks at the snap. Sniff direction of play and looks for gaps to shoot. Above average agility and balance for position. Plays on his feet and uses low center of gravity and leg drive to maintain his leverage against single blocks. Difficult to control him off snap.

“Fireplug with a good motor and an ability to find gaps and drive upfield through them.”


National Scouting Combine Numbers

40- yard dash: 5.02
Bench press (225 pounds): 26 reps
Vertical jump: 34’
Broad jump: 9’6”
3-cone drill: 7.67

Nunez-Roches revealed that he used to play baseball, and media members inquired as to his skill level at the press conference.

Rakeem Nunez-Roches, a former baseball player, on how he was at the other sport: “I was phenomenal.” #ChiefsDraft

— Pete Sweeney (@pgsween) May 2, 2015

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