2013 Dallas Cowboys NFL Draft Review and Analysis

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May 10, 2013; Irving, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys center Travis Frederick (70) participates in drills during rookie minicamp at Dallas Cowboys Headquarters in Irving, TX. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

1. First round, 31st overall: Travis Frederick, OL, Wisconsin

This was a shocking selection to most. Frederick was considered a third round prospect by a majority of outlets, but the Cowboys obviously felt with their need at center and his abilities, they had to pull the trigger in the first round. Of course, he will be their starting center on opening day, and the Cowboys had a huge need here, but this wasn’t a great value pick. If Frederick turns out to be a perennial Pro Bowl center, than we’ll all stand corrected. Looking at what the Cowboys got here rather than what they passed on, Frederick is a big center prospect who comes from a program that knows how to move the ball offensively. He played with two of the more productive college players in recent history in Russell Wilson (2011) and Montee Ball (2010-2012). Frederick is an anchor for the line who can play guard or center, but with the Cowboys, he will almost assuredly be the center. Well-coached and technically sound, I think they got a good one here but it’s just an interesting fit in terms of value.

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