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2008 SB Nation Mock Draft--The Time Is Upon Us

The moment that we've been dreading is nearly here.  In the best damn fake draft on the internet, your Houston Texans are dangerously close to being on the clock.  Keeping in mind that the rules of this exercise dictate that we can't trade out of the No. 18 spot, here's what's transpired so far:

  1.  MIA--Chris Long, DE
  2.  STL--Vernon Gholston, DE
  3.  ATL--Jake Long, OT
  4.  OAK--Darren McFadden, RB
  5.  KC--Sedrick Ellis, DT
  6.  NYJ--Glenn Dorsey, DT
  7.  NE--Leodis McKelvin, CB
  8.  BAL--Matt Ryan, QB
  9.  CIN--Keith Rivers, LB
  10.  NO--Dominique Rodgers-Cromatrtie, CB
  11.  BUF--Malcolm Kelly, WR
  12.  DEN--Derrick Harvey, DE
  13.  CAR--Ryan Clady, OT
  14.  CHI--Rashard Mendenhall, RB
  15.  DET--Chris Williams, OT
  16.  ARI--Mike Jenkins, CB
  17.  MIN
  18.  HOU
Yikes.  If the chips fall this way on April 26th, I'll lose any lingering semblance of sanity.  First choice, obviously, would be to trade out of this spot as quickly as possible.  But we can't do that here.  So who should we pretend to coronate as a new Texan?

According to my working big board, my remaining best available are Phillip Merling, Jeff Otah, Brandon Albert, Kentwan Balmer, and Aqib Talib (in that order).  Jonathan Stewart is also ripe for the picking.  Or is there someone else you think would be a better fit?

I'm going to impose a 2 p.m. CDT deadline for us to make a decision today.  So what does BRB think?  Do we go DE?  DT?  Should we take the best available DB on the board?  Do we take Otah and overlook the concerns that he might not be able to play LT in the NFL and/or that he might not be a great fit for the zone blocking system?  Make your pick and tell us why it's the best option for the Texans in this scenario in the Comments below.