However, that changed quickly as Cowboys traded out of that spot and moved down to the No.31 spot with the San Francisco 49ers, in the process receiving the No.74 overall pick in the third round, also.
So, with the No.31 overall pick the Cowboys selected Wisconsin center Travis Frederick. Not a sexy pick by any means, but it was one where the Cowboys took arguably the best center in the draft.
Here’s a kid who holds several Wisconsin weight room records and shows exceptional power when engaged against defensive linemen. At 6-4 340 lbs. Frederick will provide a huge upgrade over incumbent starter Phil Costa and could be used at guard thanks to his versatility.
What I like the most about Frederick is that he’s mean; he’ll knock defensive tackles on their rear end in the run game. He’s not the most fluid offensive lineman, but he will fit head coach Jason Garrett’s power running scheme. I also like that he’s an immovable force in the passing game. His strength and technique will help alleviate the pressure up the gut that quarterback Tony Romo has faced the last few seasons.
Without a doubt the Cowboys needed to upgrade the center position so in my opinion, this is a solid pick. I had Frederick going early in the second round so; this isn’t a reach by any means.
There you have it Cowboys fans, the Cowboys needed to upgrade the offensive line, and they went out and got themselves a technically sound, experienced and very strong lineman to anchor the interior offensive line.
I’m excited that the Joneses finally upgraded the interior of the offensive line, and maybe just maybe the Cowboys will add fellow Wisconsin Badger Montee Ball with that extra third round pick.
I give this pick a solid A grade.