Southern Miss DT Lands in KC

Needing to find depth at defensive tackle in this draft the Kansas City Chiefs went after another late bloomer, Rakeem Nunez-Roches. The First team USA All Conference Defensive player could be a solid back up for Bob Sutton’s defense.

If I’m Defensive Coordinator, Bob Sutton, I’m jumping for joy six rounds into the 2015 NFL draft. Kansas City Chiefs Head Coach, John Dorsey, has been delivering NFL gifts to the defense the last three days.

In selecting Southern Miss Defensive Tackle, Rakeem Nunez-Roches, at the end of the sixth round, the Chiefs have a finished product that can spell Pro Bowl Defensive Tackle, Dontari Poe on the field.

Though he doesn’t have the girth of Poe, that doesn’t mean Nunez-Roches can’t make plays. Now he’s not a huge space eater but can slip gaps at the point of attack. As with any defensive tackle tipping the scales at 300 pounds, he must hit the weight room between now and training camp.

Still the happiest person on the roster in regards to this pick might be Poe. KC’s All Pro defender can’t continue to play every defensive snap. In each of the last two years, Poe’s productivity has fallen off toward the last quarter of the season.

With a player like Nunez-Roaches to bolster the position, Poe should be able to play at his customary pro bowl level for all sixteen games in 2015.

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