The Dallas Cowboys made a very questionable move when they selected former Wisconsin offensive lineman Travis Frederick in the first-round of the 2013 NFL Draft. Frederick was not rated as a first-round prospect by a number of scouting services, but that didn’t stop Dallas from staying true to their board and taking the player they felt could help out the offensive line the most.
Frederick is using the critics that questioned Dallas for selecting him as a motivation to work harder and prove everyone wrong moving forward.
“I can prove some people wrong,” Frederick said following the first day of rookie minicamp. “The first thing I need to do is establish myself, establish myself as a worker, someone the guys can trust, somebody they believe in in the weight room and somebody they believe in on the practice field. After that, I think things start to come into place.”
Frederick will get a great shot to prove the doubters wrong, because he is expected to start at center from day one.
If Frederick can provide an immediate improvement at the position and help protect big money quarterback Tony Romo, then the Cowboys decision to spend a premium pick on him will prove well worth it.