With the 31st pick in the NFL draft the Dallas Cowboys selected Travis Frederick a 6’4’’ 312 lb. Center out of Wisconsin. Fredrick was a 2-year starter at Wisconsin who has produced some good linemen over the past few years. Frederick was a player who wasn’t heavily recruited out of high school but came to Wisconsin and made a name for himself. In the past few years he’s blocked for guys like Russell Wilson and Monte Ball two very good college players. While Frederick isn’t the most athletic lineman in the draft by any means he does fit the mold that the Cowboys love, a big strong offensive lineman that imposes his will in the trenches.
Frederick’s is an extremely physical player, he imposes his will and holds strong in the trenches with some of the best defensive linemen in the country. He showed at Wisconsin that he can help lead a heavy running attack something the Cowboys would surely like to do with Demarco Murray.
Frederick’s biggest weakness will be his mobility, while he is force in the trenches he may have problems in the pass game if Tony Romo does what he does and moves around in the pocket, he just isn’t that athletic. NFL teams continue to move toward extremely athletic pass rushers and that’s something that Fredrick will defiantly have a problem with.
The Cowboys were sitting around waiting for other players to fall to them at 18 and when that didn’t happen they traded the 18th pick to the San Francisco 49ers for the 31st pick and a 3rd round pick. Frederick isn’t Chance Warmack or DJ Fluker and doesn’t help fill a need. The offensive line that has been the most inconsistent unit on the entire team. Only time will tell if Frederick will be the answer on the offensive line, Tony Romo certainly hopes he is.