The Dallas Cowboys made one of the biggest first-round reaches when they selected Wisconsin offensive lineman Travis Frederick in the 2013 NFL Draft, but all signs point towards him being a major contributor from day one. Now, he is under contract with a four-year deal that includes a team option for a fifth-year. The Cowboys and Frederick agreed to the deal today.
Frederick has been working as the team’s starting center since the start of OTAs and minicamps, so he will prove to be a valuable pick despite being considered a reach by most of the draft experts.
At the very least, he will be an upgrade over Phil Costa from a year ago.
Dallas invested a ton of money in starting quarterback Tony Romo this offseason, so their priority was to make sure he had the weapons available and the protection that he needed to succeed this season One way to do that was to sure up the offensive line and that is the hope for Travis Frederick.
If Frederick becomes a solid starter in year one, the risk will prove to be worth the reach.