Rakeem Nunez-Roches taken by Kansas City Chiefs in sixth round

Rakeem Nunez-Roches taken by Kansas City Chiefs in sixth round

This is a news release from Southern Miss athletics

HATTIESBURG, Miss. – Southern Miss defensive lineman Rakeem Nunez-Roches was taken in the sixth round of the 2015 National Football League Draft by the Kansas City Chiefs Saturday afternoon in Chicago.

The selection of Nunez-Roches marks the fourth-straight year the Golden Eagle football program has had a selection in the draft. Defensive lineman Khyri Thornton was taken in the 3rd round of the 2014 draft by the Green Bay Packers, defensive lineman Jamie Collins was chosen in the 2nd round by the New England Patriots in 2013 and offensive lineman Lamar Holmes earned selection in the 3rd round of the 2012 draft by the Atlanta Falcons.

Nunez-Roches played and started in 11 games on the year and finished the season ranked sixth on the team in total tackles with 58 (32 solos) and first in tackles for loss with 14.0. The Dangriga, Belize, native was second on the team with seven quarterback hurries.

He added a blocked field goal at UTEP which turned into a Southern Miss return for a touchdown. Nunez-Roches, who completed his junior season in 2014, tallied a career-best 11 tackles at UTEP and had at least five stops in six games. Those tackle numbers include seven at Mississippi State, nine versus Appalachian State and six versus Rice.

For his play, he was named first team All-Conference USA after receiving honorable mention honors following 2012 season. He missed most of the 2013 campaign with a foot injury.

For his career, Nunez-Roches tallied 105 career tackles (57 solos), 22 tackles for loss, four sacks and one forced fumble in his career.

Nunez-Roches was the 217th pick overall in the draft.