If there was one glaring weakness on the Dallas Cowboys in 2011 and 2012, it was the offensive line; particularly the interior of the line.
So, when the Cowboys took Travis Frederick in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft, I was excited. I mean; here’s a franchise that under Jerry Jones historically doesn’t draft first round offensive linemen that has now drafted offensive linemen with their first pick in two of the last three drafts.
Frederick was a center in college, so naturally one would expect that he’d play center at the next level, however, that may not be the case. DallasCowboys.com writer Rowan Kavner hints that Frederick could swing out to guard if he’s a better fit there than at center. If the switch does happen that would mean that Phil Costa, who recently made headlines after he proposed to Brooke Hogan, would be the Cowboys starting center.
Sound the alarms Frederick is a bust! – I hope you can tell I’m being sarcastic there.
Given that Frederick was a first round pick, it’s a given that he will start. As I said earlier, one would expect him to start at center, but if he’s not ready to play center or struggles during training camp, and his versatility allows it; I, personally, wouldn’t mind them working him in at guard. I mean, isn’t putting the best guys on the field what you want to do?
If flanking Costa, with Frederick and Mackenzy Bernadeau, Nate Livings, Ronald Leary, Kevin Kowalski or David Arkin gives the Cowboys the best chance to win, isn’t that what you’d want to see? There’s of course the naysayers that are going to say that Frederick wasn’t worth the first round selection, but I’ve yet to see a mock drafter on the internet make it as a general manager in the NFL.
So, take it with a grain of salt Cowboys fans, if this is the best move for the Cowboys to make; then they need to make it.