With Rivers McCown pinch-hitting for the San Francisco 49ers and stealing Kevin White just one pick before the Texans went on the clock, the BRB masthead found themselves in a position where the best player available and the best player at a position of need were basically the same (though parts of the masthead would contend that Melvin Gordon is the BPA, but whatever).
With no further ado:
With the sixteenth pick of the 2015 BRB Mock Draft, the Houston Texans select Eric Kendricks (ILB-UCLA).
In terms of near-universal truisms, "Brian Cushing can no longer cover TEs/RBs in a way that doesn't make you oppressively sad" is right up there with Planck's Constant and "Never play cards with a guy who has the same first name as a city." These aren't debatable; they just are what they are, and you have to account for them.
That being the case, a sane person could (and should) make the argument that the Texans are in dire need of a true three-down linebacker. Which brings us to Eric Kendricks.
You want an inside linebacker who can make plays in space? Kendricks led the nation with 101 solo tackles. Need a linebacker who can cover and actually make a play on the ball in coverage? Kendricks had 5 INTs during his tenure at UCLA, including three in 2014 alone. Need a linebacker who will in no way ever remind you of the halcyon days of Mike Mohamed? Kendricks is not Mike Mohamed.
Had Kevin White slid past San Francisco, there might have been a pretty even divide among the BRB masthead regarding this pick. With White gone, Kendricks carries the day and provides an immediate upgrade at a position where having a pulse might have been an upgrade at times over the past two years.
You can read more about Eric Kendricks, super smart football guy, in this article from the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. The San Diego Chargers and traviscogg are now on the clock. That pick is due via e-mail by 12 p.m. CDT.
Recapping the first sixteen picks of the 2015 BRB Mock Draft...
|1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers||hlc1221||Jameis Winston||QB||FSU|
|2. Cleveland Browns (From Tennessee)||Caprock High Football||Leonard Williams||DE/DT||USC|
|3. Jacksonville Jaguars||AFBuzz||Vic Beasely||OLB||Clemson|
|4. Oakland Raiders||HTown5||Amari Cooper||WR||Alabama|
|5. Washington Redskins||BriceMcCainHOF||Randy Gregory||DE/LB||Nebraska|
|6. New York Jets||WotanTX||Marcus Mariota||QB||Oregon|
|7. Chicago Bears||DaJarBot||Dante Fowler, Jr.||OLB||Florida|
|8. Atlanta Falcons||grandmasteroz||Alvin Dupree||DE/OLB||Kentucky|
|9. New York Giants||Coolbreeze3||Danny Shelton||DT||Washington|
|10. St. Louis Rams||El Torito||Brandon Scherff||OT||Iowa|
|11 Minnesota Vikings||Puma028||DeVante Parker||WR||Louisville|
|12. Tennessee Titans (From Cleveland)||Huggy The Bear||Shane Ray||DE||Missouri|
|13. New Orleans Saints||UTBawse23||Trae Waynes||CB||Michigan State|
|14. Miami Dolphins||Bleyd||La'el Collins||OT||LSU|
|15. San Francisco 49ers||
||Kevin White||WR||West Virginia|
|16. Houston Texans||BRB Masthead||Eric Kendricks||ILB||UCLA|
|17. San Diego Chargers||traviscogg|
|18. Kansas City Chiefs||Zach_The_Gamecock|
|19.Tennessee Titans (From Cleveland via Buffalo)||Huggy The Bear|
|20. Philadelphia Eagles||gm.in.waiting|
|21. Cincinnati Bengals||Free Range|
|22. Pittsburgh Steelers||bigralph|
|23. Detroit Lions||BostonianToro|
|24. Arizona Cardinals||bt20|
|25. Carolina Panthers||TexanStro|
|26. Baltimore Ravens||Three and Out|
|27. Dallas Cowboys||Roll.Texans.Roll|
|28. Denver Broncos||BNew417|
|29. Indianapolis Colts||Schaubshank Redemption|
|30. Green Bay Packers||FeedEmToTheWolves8099|
|31. New Orleans Saints (From Seattle)||UTBawse23|
|32. New England Patriots||MD.Texan|
TIMING FOR SUBMITTING REMAINING PICKS:
Pick Due By...
|17. San Diego Chargers||traviscogg||4/14 @ Noon|
|18. Kansas City Chiefs||Zach_The_Gamecock||4/14 @7 p.m.|
|19.Tennessee Titans (From Cleveland via Buffalo)||Huggy The Bear||4/15 @ Noon|
|20. Philadelphia Eagles||gm.in.waiting||4/15 @ 7 p.m.|
|21. Cincinnati Bengals||Free Range||4/16 @ Noon|
|22. Pittsburgh Steelers||bigralph||4/16 @ 7 p.m.|
|23. Detroit Lions||BostonianToro||4/17 @ Noon|
|24. Arizona Cardinals||bt20||4/17 @ 7 p.m.|
|25. Carolina Panthers||TexanStro||4/18 @ Noon|
|26. Baltimore Ravens||Three and Out||4/18 @ 7 p.m.|
|27. Dallas Cowboys||Roll.Texans.Roll||4/19 @ Noon|
|28. Denver Broncos||BNew417||4/19 @ 7 p.m.|
|29. Indianapolis Colts||Schaubshank Redemption||4/20 @ Noon|
|30. Green Bay Packers||FeedEmToTheWolves8099||4/20 @ 7 p.m.|
|31. New Orleans Saints (From Seattle)||UTBawse23||4/21 @ Noon|
|32. New England Patriots||MD.Texan||4/21 @ 7 p.m.