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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  • jrcowboy49

    Dallas had notable prospects such as defensive tackle Sharrif
    Floyd and safety Eric Reid at No. 18. Instead, they worked out a trade with the
    San Francisco 49ers to swap first round picks and acquire an additional third.
    It seemed like a good idea at the time. The Cowboys would move down a few
    spots, gain an extra mid-rounder and still have a shot at drafting a top-rated
    offensive lineman. The plan backfired. The next two picks (19th and 20th) were
    tackle Justin Pugh and guard Kyle Long. Then, the plan backfired again. The 49ers
    used the 18th pick to select Reid, the Vikings snagged Floyd, and just when it
    seemed like the Cowboys were going to get a steal in defensive tackle Sylvester
    Williams, the Broncos took him at 28. It was clear that Plan A and Plan B had
    both failed. The results were picking a position of need, but not necessarily a
    player of desire. It seems that this was more of panic pick and less of a well
    thought out strategy. Trading down sounds nice in theory, but if it means
    missing out on a couple of top-rated prospects and being forced into a player
    you don’t want, then you have to question the value of your return.

    Cowboys used the 31st pick on Frederick, then Brian Schwenke went to Tennessee
    at 107. I’m not sure Frederick is even the better of the two prospects, let
    alone 76 picks better.

    Escobar can create passing-game mismatches, but offers zero as a blocker and
    isn’t necessarily an upgrade on incumbent No. 2 tight end James Hanna.

    Williams and Holloman were probably the only two true value picks in this group.

    Randle is a stiff, straight-linish runner with an awfully long way to go in pass
    protection.

    Wilcox a safety was needed after releasing Gerald Sensabaugh . . . but what was
    needed was a center-fielder type FS, not another SS prospect. Wilcox played 1
    season at SS for Georgia Southern after spending the previous 3 seasons on
    offense (slot WR).

    Webb a munchkin

    It would be difficult to say with any confidence that Dallas’ lineup improved
    with this draft. And they entered it with a team with OC,OG, OT, DE, BT, FS, LB
    needs. Jerrah really made an ass of himself in this draft and became a laughing
    stock to the league. Constantly bypassing quality players of need.

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