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2015 NFL Mock Draft: With The Sixteenth Pick, The Houston Texans Select...

It's the age-old debate: position of need versus best player available? Luckily for Houston, those answers are one in the same this time around. See who the Texans took in the 2015 Battle Red Blog Mock Draft.

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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...

Player Drafted
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 fredy05 Rivers McCown 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
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

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 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.