KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A few quick thoughts on the Kansas City Chiefs' sixth-round draft pick.
The pick: Rakeem Nunez-Roches, defensive tackle, Southern Mississippi.
My take: Nunez-Roches may never be a star or even a starter. That's OK because he was drafted with the final pick of the round. But if he can eventually develop into a competent player who merely doesn't let the Chiefs down when they provide a few snaps of rest to starting nose tackle Dontari Poe, then he would be a good pick. Poe has rarely come out of the lineup the past couple of seasons and may be showing the wear and tear from that kind of use.
Born in Belize: Nunez-Roches moved to the United States from Belize with his mother when he was 8. “When I got here, I was excited. Everything amazed me from the little things, running water to electricity, because that's not what was I (used) to,'' he said. He quickly got into football, but not immediately as a lineman. He began as a quarterback. His real sporting love initially was baseball. “I was phenomenal,'' Nunez-Roches said. “I loved first base. That was one of my best (positions). I don't know why I didn't stick with it. I think I was more of a physical guy. You can't hit anybody in baseball. You can just hit the ball.'' Had he stayed with baseball, does he think he would have been drafted by another of Kansas City's other major-league teams, baseball's Royals? “I feel like I could have played for somebody,'' he said.