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Reaction to the Cowboys Day 1 Draft Day

April 26, 2013

Peter King

Yes, it was a startling night from start to finish in Minnesota. The Vikings had rolled through 1,000 separate draft scenarios during pre-draft work, according to Spielman, and Floyd “was not in one” of them. The early guess is that Floyd, discussed by media analysts at one point as a top-five prospect, fell because of the startling run of offensive linemen and pass-rushers ahead of him.

I think I’d have loved to have been in the Dallas area Thursday night at a draft party, with all the Cowboys people drooling in anticipation of the draft, which is a regional holiday in that area. And so the Cowboys didn’t like how the board looked at 18, and traded down 13 spots and picked up a third-rounder in the process. OK. But then to hear Roger Goodell say, “With the 31st pick in the 2013 National Football League Draft, the Dallas Cowboys select Travis Frederick, center, Wisconsin,” I can just imagine the joy in Mudville over that one.

I’m sure what Dallas was acting on was a desire to get a good offensive lineman almost regardless of position, then pick up needed secondary help in the second and third rounds. But for the record, I looked at approximately 1,649 mock drafts in the last month, and I never saw Frederick’s name. “I thought I probably fit in the second round somewhere,” he said. Listen: Let’s not get up in arms because the Cowboys drafted the second- or third-rated center 31st overall in a weak draft. It’s nitpicky.

Don Banks

Break up the Vikings, who walked away with almost one tenth of the players selected in the first round, all in a span of seven picks. Working exclusively in the last third of the round, Minnesota filled major needs at defensive tackle (Florida’s Sharrif Floyd at No. 23), cornerback (Florida State’s Xavier Rhodes at No. 25), and receiver (Tennessee’s Cordarelle Patterson at No. 29).

Floyd was the real steal. A lot of us mock drafters had him going third overall to Oakland, and the Vikings somehow got him an astounding 20 spots later, which has to rate as one of the three largest surprises of the night. Floyd gives Minnesota a natural replacement for defensive tackle Pat Williams, who is retiring.

Let me get this straight: Dallas agreed to move down from No. 18 to San Francisco’s No. 31 first-round slot, with only a third-round pick (No. 74) thrown the Cowboys’ way for their trouble? Wow. Not exactly recreating the Herschel Walker fleecing of the Vikings in 1989, were you Jerry Jones?

Chris Burke (SI)

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.

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.

Dallas Morning News

Frederick admitted that he thought he wouldn’t get drafted until the second round. He started all 13 games at center for the Badgers last season but the Cowboys aren’t sure if he will play center or guard. Frederick didn’t put up outstanding numbers at the NFL combine, managing only 21 reps in the bench press and running a 5.58 40-yard dash. The 22-year-old said he doesn’t think those numbers are indicative of the type of player he is. He mentioned excelling at holding his ground and rarely being pushed back.

“I’m a tough player. I’m a tenacious player,” Frederick said. I’m a player that plays with a high football IQ. I’m able to pick up on the offense rather quickly. I’m going to be able to make adjustments at the line and be able to help direct everybody.”

Frederick was the highest rated player on the Cowboys board when they drafted yet Jerry Jones admits he didn’t have a 1st round grade.


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