With the 26th pick, the Texans select ...

April 28, 2008 4:12:31 AM PDT
Virginia Tech offensive tackle Duane Brown was the Houston Texans' top pick on Saturday, chosen at No. 26 in the first round of the NFL draft.The Texans initially had the 18th pick in the draft, but decided to trade it to the Baltimore Ravens, who selected Delaware quarterback Joe Flacco. Flacco will have the chance to compete for the Ravens' starting job after Steve McNair recently announced his retirement.

Earlier, the Miami Dolphins officially selected Michigan offensive lineman Jake Long with the No. 1 pick in the draft. The Dolphins already had signed Long to a five-year contract worth $30 million in guaranteed money.

The St. Louis Rams took Virginia defensive end Chris Long (no relation to Jake) with the second pick. Chris is the son of Hall of Fame Raiders defensive lineman Howie Long.

The Atlanta Falcons chose Boston College quarterback Matt Ryan at No. 3. Arkansas running back Darren McFadden, the two-time Heisman runner-up, went to the Oakland Raiders at No. 4. At No. 5, the Kansas City Chiefs selected LSU defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey.

Rounding out the rest of the first round selections are:

6. New York Jets: Vernon Gholston, DE, Ohio State
7. New Orleans Saints: Sedrick Ellis, DT, USC
8. Jacksonville Jaguars: Derrick Harvey, DE, Florida
9. Cincinnati Bengals: Keith Rivers, LB, USC
10. New England Patriots: Jerod Mayo, LB, Tennessee
11. Buffalo Bills: Leotis McKelvin, CB, Troy
12. Denver Broncos: Ryan Clady, OT, Boise State
13. Carolina Panthers: Jonathan Stewart, RB, Oregon
14. Chicago Bears: Chris Williams, OT, Vanderbilt
15. Kansas City Chiefs: Branden Albert, OG, Virginia
16. Arizona Cardinals: Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, CB, Tennessee
17. Detroit Lions: Gosder Cherilus, OT, Boston College
18. Baltimore Ravens: Joe Flacco, QB, Delaware
19. Carolina Panthers: Jeff Otah, OT, Pittsburgh
20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Aqib Talib, CB, Kansas
21. Atlanta Falcons: Sam Baker, OT, USC
22. Dallas Cowboys: Felix Jones, RB, Arkansas
23. Pittsburgh Steelers: Rashard Mendenhall, RB, Illinois
24. Tennessee Titans: Chris Johnson, RB, East Carolina
25. Dallas Cowboys: Mike Jenkins, DB, South Florida
26. Texans: Duane Brown, OT, Virginia Tech
27. San Diego Chargers: Antoine Cason, CB, Arizona
28. Seattle Seahawks: Lawrence Jackson, DE, USC
29. San Francisco 49ers: Kentwan Balmer, DT, North Carolina
30. New York Jets: Dustin Keller, TE, Purdue
31. New York Giants: Kenny Phillips, S, Miami

University of Houston wide receiver Donnie Avery became the first receiver chosen in this year's draft, as the St. Louis Rams selected him in the second round (33rd overall).

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