Draft Scout Snapshot: A closer look at the Cowboys' picks: Round 1/31 - Travis Frederick, C, 6-3, 312, Wisconsin...The Cowboys traded down from 18 to 31 after their top early targets were gone and used the pick for Frederick. He was projected to go in the second and as late as the third round. But the Cowboys were higher on him than most and felt he was their last best option to help them upgrade their offensive line. He should walk in and be the starter at center. - The Sports Xchange
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04/28/13 - A closer look at the Cowboys' picks: Round 1/31 - Travis Frederick, C, 6-3, 312, Wisconsin...The Cowboys traded down from 18 to 31 after their top early targets were gone and used the pick for Frederick. He was projected to go in the second and as late as the third round. But the Cowboys were higher on him than most and felt he was their last best option to help them upgrade their offensive line. He should walk in and be the starter at center. - The Sports Xchange
04/28/13 - Cowboys insist they didn't reach for Frederick...The Cowboys' decisions in the first round of the draft on Thursday will be debated for years. The Cowboys traded back in the first round to pick up an extra pick in the third round before taking Wisconsin center/guard Travis Frederick with the 31st overall selection. The 6-4, 312-pound Frederick was projected by many as a second-round pick and by some as late as the third. The Cowboys went into the draft hoping to improve the offensive line with either North Carolina guard Jonathan Cooper or Alabama guard Chance Warmack, the defensive line with Missouri defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson or the defensive backfield with Texas safety Kenny Vaccaro. But those players went off the board well before the Cowboys were to pick at 18. They only had 18 players ranked as first-round picks and felt they could move back and pick up an extra draft pick and still get a similarly regarded player later in the first round. - The Sports Xchange
04/28/13 - The Cowboys traded their 18th overall pick to San Francisco, which selected safety Eric Reid of LSU. The Cowboys got the 31st pick in the first round plus a third-round pick, 74th overall. The trade value chart suggests the Cowboys should have gotten the 49ers' second-round pick, 61st overall, rather than the third-round pick. "We didn't see a player we wanted to spend that pick on," owner Jerry Jones said. "We felt we had options with players that were still available when we made the trade to go to 31. "The incentive was, and the lure was, to end up with a third-round pick and still get a first-round pick that was as good as the one at 18. And that is what we did." The Cowboys have six more picks in rounds 2-6, including two in the third round. The big issue with the selection of Frederick is that many felt the Cowboys reached for the pick and they didn't get good value in the trade. - The Sports Xchange
04/28/13 - The Cowboys disagreed and said they got even or better value on their chart in the trade. What is not debatable is that they filled a need. Frederick can play center or guard. The Cowboys have undersized Phil Costa returning as the starting center. Costa started just three games last season because of back and ankle injuries. Veteran Ryan Cook, acquired in a trade with the Miami Dolphins before the start of the season, was forced to start 11 games. Frederick will also get a look at guard, where he started as a junior at Wisconsin. The Cowboys are also looking to upgrade from Nate Livings and Mackenzy Bernadeau at guard. This is the second time in the last three years that the Cowboys have taken an offensive lineman in the first round. They took tackle Tyron Smith ninth overall in 2011.
"Teams win in 2013 like they won a long time ago," coach Jason Garrett said. "You win up front. We had to get better up front. The best teams in this league have good offensive and defensive lines. Very few teams in this league win if you are not strong on the offensive and defensive line. We had to turn this thing over. We have been in the process over the last three years to turn the offensive line over. You have to do it the right way. Tyron Smith is a cornerstone player for us. We feel Frederick can be one of those players you build a team around." - The Sports Xchange
03/07/13 - 2013 Wisconsin Pro day: Running a slow 40 doesn’t necessarily mean you’re not that good of an offensive lineman, it just means that you don’t run a good 40...I certainly don’t run a fast 40.” As for the bench press, the UW program does not train for a high number of reps, which has led to poor results for some of its linemen entering the draft. “I think 21 is a respectable number,” Frederick said not doing the bench press. “It may not be where I thought I needed to be. But here at Wisconsin, we don’t do reps, we go out to be as strong as we can on game day. We do a lot of low-rep stuff. I think I’m pretty good at that." The UW program also emphasizes functional strength and was known for doing creative workouts under former strength and conditioning coach Ben Herbert. “Some people believe in it more than others,” Frederick said of the bench press. “I know myself, my one-rep max and my functional strength are much higher.” - Tom Mulhern, Wisconsin State Journal