The Dallas Cowboys had one of the more intriguing selections in the first-round of the 2013 NFL Draft when they selected Wisconsin offensive lineman Travis Frederick. With a number of highly talented players with day one grades still available, it was surprising to see the Cowboys go ahead and grab a player that likely would have been on the board in the middle of round two.
At first glance, the Frederick selection looks like just another mistake from Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, but when you really remove yourself from the situation and analyze the pick with a clear head you can see that it was the right move.
Dallas gave Tony Romo a big time contract extension this offseason, which essentially put all of their eggs in his basket.
If the team wants Romo to succeed, they will need to do what they can to ensure he stays healthy and on his feet. With Frederick, the Cowboys get a player that will do his part in protecting Romo.
Frederick is a versatile offensive lineman that can play the guard or center position, so he has the added value in Dallas.
For an offensive line that has lacked talent at multiple positions, Frederick could be just what they were looking for. The team’s offensive coordinator and offensive line coach, Bill Callahan (a former Wisconsin offensive lineman himself) clearly got his way and saw a lot to like with Frederick. Whether or not it translates to on the field success remains to be seen.
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