Travis Frederick Selected No. 31 by Dallas Cowboys
If the Dallas Cowboys’ main goal from Round 1 was to find a little grit for the interior of their disappointing offensive line, then they succeeded in Wisconsin’s Travis Frederick at 31.
But the Cowboys also sat at No. 18 originally, with both Justin Pugh and Kyle Long (picks Nos. 19 and 20, respectively) there for the taking. Dallas instead opted to dump that pick to Atlanta for the 31st and 74th picks — a move that might work out if the Cowboys score at No. 74 — but, for the moment, the pick stands as a bit of a head-scratcher.
Here’s another one for you, too: Could the Cowboys have waited until Round 2 or 3 to get Frederick? He is a powerful and competitive center, but no one had him carrying a Round 1 grade into Thursday night.
This should only be a start for the Cowboys up front — the offensive line, particularly in a division that features a host of talented pass rushers, cannot struggle the way it did in 2012. Frederick brings some toughness to the table, if nothing else.
Grade: C. Getting an extra pick here and there is nice, but sometimes the cost outweighs the benefit. The Cowboys moved down, leaving at least two other linemen on the board, then reached on a guy at 31.