Dallas Cowboys 2013 NFL Draft: Was Travis Frederick the Right Pick?

November 24, 2012; University Park, PA, USA; Wisconsin Badgers offensive lineman Travis Frederick (72) blocks Penn State Nittany Lions defensive tackle DaQuan Jones (91) at Beaver Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

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.

What do you think of the Cowboys first-round selection? Sound off in the comments section and share your thoughts.

Topics: 2013 NFL Draft, Dallas Cowboys

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  • http://twitter.com/OldFrog75 Old Frog

    Can’t believe these boards aren’t lighting up about this selection. Maybe everyone is just too shocked to respond. Trading 900 points for 820 never makes sense, even for JJ. At least the Pats got value for the 29th pick to the Vikings. Let’s hope day 2 is productive and makes this pick look better in the aggregate.

    • Pablo

      I couldn’t agree more. Jerry and our beloved Cowboys are a punch line and it’s sad. This fat kid they drafted looks way too slow to sustain blocks long enough for Romo to run around with his panties on fire. I know the OL needs help, and I was hoping all night that Warmack would drop to 18 but is this Fredirick kid really any better than a healthy Phil Costa? They had a crack at Matt Elam, who could very well end up being the best Safety in the draft. Instead, we’re stuck with another giant knee brace from Wisconsin.

  • disqus_69SWiZoJu4

    Heck yeah! Maybe Tony can get some protection now! Thanks, Jerry. ‘Bout time!

  • Knightwolve

    Lifetime Cowboys fan here! Our so-called brain trust traded back 13 picks and only got a 3rd round pick. Then they selected a player they might have gotten with that 3rd round pick with our 1st round pick. Nice job Jerry nice job. Should be nicknamed G.I. Jerry (Grossly Incompetent Jerry).

  • http://www.facebook.com/MachineL Gene Marshall

    Are you trying to be funny Josh?

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