Every late round prospect chosen in an NFL Draft is a flyer of sorts. If a team can hit on even one sixth- or seventh-round selection in a given year, it's a win for the team.
To me, the most intriguing prospect chosen in the later rounds is not linebacker D.J. Alexander or wide receiver Da'Ron Brown, but a mammoth prospect to help strengthen the defensive front in sixth-round pick Rakeem Nunez-Roches.
Nunez-Roches, who turns 22-years-old in July, has a great story as the first NFL player from Belize. He also checks in at 6'2, 307 pounds. While the measurables aren't nearly the same, there's a similar story here to the drafting and development of Dontari Poe. Both men were by far the best defensive players on teams that faced questionable competition. If Nunez-Roches had put up Poe-like Combine numbers, he definitely would not have been available to the Chiefs in the sixth. That said, it's still a chance worth taking.
Here at AP, we've already mentioned how Nunez-Roches looked his best against his stiffest competition. Dan Kadar, SB Nation's draft analyst, also had good things to say about the prospect.
"One of the reasons Nunez-Roches may have dropped to the sixth round was due to everyone playing catch up on him most of the season," says Kadar. "He missed all but two games of his junior season, so teams were really relying on just his 2014 tape to base the majority of their opinion.
"Studying Nunez-Roches you can't help but come away liking him as a high-motor defensive lineman who always seems to be around the ball. Now, that may be a product of him being far and away the best player on his defense, but Nunez-Roches was consistently causing trouble for opposing offenses.
Kadar believes that the primary concern with Nunez-Roches is one that will get fixed with enough time, effort and access to NFL coaches and facilities.
"The big issue with Nunez-Roches is that he needs to get stronger. He would get knocked around a little bit at Southern Miss, but that should come in an NFL training program. Depending how fast will be directly related to how fast he becomes a factor for the Chiefs."
It will be interesting to see how the Chiefs' staff can develop Nunez-Roches to become an on-field contributor along the defensive line, whether at end or in the middle to spell Poe. If he can even approach a fraction of what Poe has become, it will go down as another late-round win for the Chiefs.