A day later, Cowboys’ first-round pick still a head-scratcher

AP

What did Jerry Jones see in Travis Frederick, and why didn’t anyone else see it?

A day after Jones, the Cowboys’ owner and general manager, spent a first-round draft pick on Frederick, a center from Wisconsin, that’s a question being asked in many quarters. Because not many people thought Frederick was a first-round pick.

On Mike Mayock’s list of the top 100 prospects in the draft, Frederick checked in at No. 92 — 50 spots lower than the next-lowest player selected in the first round. On the ESPN.com draft board, Frederick was listed as a third-round pick.

But that’s just members of the media. What did NFL teams think? Ed Werder of ESPN surveyed five NFL teams and asked for their grades on Frederick. One team rated him a fourth-round pick, two had him as a fifth-round pick, one had him as a sixth-round pick and one had him as a borderline sixth- or seventh-round pick.

Jones, however, said after the first round that center is an important position in the Cowboys’ offense, and that Frederick was the No. 22 player on their draft board. So Jones believes that after trading down to pick No. 31, the Cowboys got good value.

Even if few others agree.

99 responses to “A day later, Cowboys’ first-round pick still a head-scratcher

  1. Not as big of a head-scratcher as whatever that guy’s name is that Chicago drafted at #20. That guy only started 4 games his senior year lol

  2. And the warroom in Chicago had Kyle Long as the best OG in the whole draft and best OG in the last 12 years.

    Goes to show you that every team evaluates players differently right or wrong.

  3. Jerry Jones is the next “Al Davis” and Travis Frederick is Jerry’s “Sebastion Janikowski”. Crazy Al used a first rounder on him when he could have got him much lower down in the draft. Sure, he turned out to be a very good and durable kicker but that’s like paying 50% more for a Subaru when they were on sale.

  4. Why is it a head scratcher? This is why the CowBabies are no longer America’s Team. JJ is the cause and this is the effect. Typical move by that bunch.

  5. Interior O line was our first priority going into the draft this year. Good thing Jerry addressed that and doing so got another 2nd round pick. New competition on the line and a solid Wisconsin Badger. Welcome from Cowboys Nation.

  6. with my fav. team in the nfc east. i would like to thank jerry for all the draft picks that you messed up. thats prity much every one. lmao.

  7. As a Raider fan reminds me of AL his last 10 years …. cloudy decision making that he would defend …. when really he just wanted to make that surprise pick and hope it worked out to look like he was clever.

  8. So called experts are wrong all the time. I trust the scouts and coaches of actual teams instead of these so called experts. The Cowboys had him rated as the 22nd player on their board, and they took Best Player Available which was not a reach according to their board. Only time will tell if their board was correct.

  9. Just a flat out awful pick for the Cowboys and their fans who are clamoring for BIG change in the Big D. As a center, I cannot envision this player’s production to be very visible going forward, and many cowboys fans will feel like their team didnt get anyone in the 1st round.

    At this point, we all understand that Dallas’ front office liked Frederick enough to take him this high, but if you are almost certain that you can pick him 20+ picks later…THAN WHY NOT WAIT ON HIM!?

  10. Not to mention the Cowboys got less for trading down from 18 to 31 (a 3rd rounder) than the Rams got for trading from 22 to 30 (a 3rd and 6th rounder).

  11. 2010: Dez Bryant best WR in the draft ( his stats blow Demaryius Thomas’ out the water)

    2011: Tyron Smith best lineman in the draft

    2012: Morris Claiborne best DB in the draft

    2013: Travis Frederick best Center in the draft

    The only reason Mike Mayock had him with a 3rd round grade is because he ran the 2nd slowest 40 yard dash time for a lineman in history (5.56). But what gets omitted is that he is 335lbs. Combine stats are for those who don’t watch film. He is a very good football player.

  12. Jerry Jones is going to ways of Al Davis. He is losing his mind and thinking he is playing a video game.

    Someone has to stop the insanity before this guy wrecks his franchise!

    WELL, it is the Cowboys, so feel free to not say anything!

  13. Exhibit A on why the Dallas Cowboys will never win a Superbowl with Jerry Jones as the GM.

    Remember Jimmy Johnson, he fleeced the Vikings in the trade of the Century and got rid of Hershel Walker and Jones never forgave him for stealing his spot light. He was the last GM that the Cowboys had.

  14. A couple years ago cowboys had Sean Lee as the 5th best player in the draft. It was revealed on video. Looks like they were right about that pick, as Lee was projected in the 2nd round.

  15. His taint must have measured off the charts. Because that’s the number one quality of a center…strong taint region. Hand/Taint relationship is the number one aspect between a Quarterback and his Center. This guy must have a first-round taint

  16. Laugh all ya want. This kid is a smart, multi-position football player. He will anchor the Cowboy’s interior for years to come.
    There is no exact science in the draft. Jerry and company have proven this just the way all the other NFL teams do. Bill Bellichick has a crapload of picks but none will likely pan out as hoped. He’s the worst drafter of all. The Pats get lucky with nobody’s and undrafted free agents like Welker and Edelman.

  17. thetroofishere says: Apr 26, 2013 4:50 PM

    2010: Dez Bryant best WR in the draft ( his stats blow Demaryius Thomas’ out the water)

    2011: Tyron Smith best lineman in the draft

    2012: Morris Claiborne best DB in the draft

    2013: Travis Frederick best Center in the draft

    The only reason Mike Mayock had him with a 3rd round grade is because he ran the 2nd slowest 40 yard dash time for a lineman in history (5.56). But what gets omitted is that he is 335lbs. Combine stats are for those who don’t watch film. He is a very good football player.

    A good football player drafted about 3 rounds to early. You know Swearinger or Cyprien or Barrett Jones would have been a logical choice, but Jerry and Stephen Jones do not understand the word logical. My Skins torched that Dallas secondary ummmm twice, so did Cleveland and etc etc…just saying….

  18. I hate to knock the Cowboys for their pick, you never know what kind of player he will be. What if he turns out to be a stud center? I doubt it…but you never know. If I was a Cowboys fan I would be upset with the pick.

  19. No one liked Sean Lee or Bruce Carter either. Mayock had Floyd 3rd in round 1. I guess a lot of
    teams disagreed.

  20. If the guy turns out to be a starting center, his draft grade from “experts” won’t mean a thing.
    Fredrick said in an interview he saw himself as a second round pick, because a lot of teams had told him they had him targeted there.

    The 31st pick in the draft is two spots from a second round anyway. What it boils down to is Dallas needed help on their interior so they drafted one of the best centers in the draft who can also play guard.
    Yet you guys will always find an angle to complain.

  21. As a life-long Cowboys fan, it’s killing me to see the team struggle so much due to poor planning. I guess we’re all supposed to yell, “How ’bout them CENTERS?!”

  22. As long as they (The Cowboys organization) are happy with the move, then I guess that’s all that matters. After all it’s their team and their destiny.

  23. I don’t know what could be worse for Cowboy fans…the fact that they totally reached for that center or that Jerrah thinks he got a steal…

  24. From what I gathered, Bill Callahan really liked this kid. He is a much better judge of talent than Jerry Jones. Time will tell. Just like First Name: Russell, Last Name: Wilson

  25. In Oakland, the younger Davis seems to be leaving football decisions to McKenzie and the other football people. In Dallas, not only do you still have Jerry, you can look forward to his son continuing the tradition.

    My sympathies, Cowboys fans.

  26. It’s picks like this that MAY have just made the Vikings season. Thank you to Jerry, the Jets and Bears, and others, for some of your strange calls.

    Shariff Floyd?! Thanks, I just shipped my pants.

  27. Im not saying this is a good pick but it makes sense. This guy will prolly move over to Guard at some point which is exactly what they needed. But lets be honest, he still would’ve been there at round 3. Couldn’t stop laughing at their stupidity!

  28. Cowboy fans are actually defending this by saying be may be good? THE POINT IS they could have drafted him at least a round or two later and got somebody talented on the 1st round.

  29. This was a reach pick and just because you have a guy ranked #22 doesn’t mean you have to take him at #31 if eveyone else has him at about #90!

    There were higher rated prospects on the board and they could likely have gotten Fredrick with their 2nd round pick so why wouldn’t you get another position filled at #31??

    Just more of the world according to Jerry……

  30. thehairychestsportsblog says:
    Apr 26, 2013 4:54 PM
    thetroofishere says: Apr 26, 2013 4:50 PM

    2010: Dez Bryant best WR in the draft ( his stats blow Demaryius Thomas’ out the water)

    2011: Tyron Smith best lineman in the draft

    2012: Morris Claiborne best DB in the draft

    2013: Travis Frederick best Center in the draft

    The only reason Mike Mayock had him with a 3rd round grade is because he ran the 2nd slowest 40 yard dash time for a lineman in history (5.56). But what gets omitted is that he is 335lbs. Combine stats are for those who don’t watch film. He is a very good football player.

    A good football player drafted about 3 rounds to early. You know Swearinger or Cyprien or Barrett Jones would have been a logical choice, but Jerry and Stephen Jones do not understand the word logical. My Skins torched that Dallas secondary ummmm twice, so did Cleveland and etc etc…just saying….

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    RG3 passed for 404 yards total between the two games. But that’s torched? It’s okay. Redskins haven’t had a thing to brag about in many years so live it up.

    Cyprien isn’t as good as everybody is hyping him to be. Even his highlights on YouTube aren’t impressive. If he was that good, the Ravens would have taken him.

    There was a run on offensive lineman in the first round. They traded back and still got the guy they wanted.

  31. Gotta love sensationalism in journalism. Since when did Jerry Jones transfer into the scouting department of the Cowboys? The first sentence of this article would lead people to believe he was the head of scouting.

    How about what did the Cowboys scouts see in Travis Frederick that no other scouts saw? I understand that Jerry is the Owner and General Manager which means he is the final shot caller, but give me a break.

  32. Be funny if Frederick ended up being the pro bowl center of the Cowboys for the next 10 years. Sometimes you never know..

  33. Al Davis out. Jerry Jones in…as crazy old Owner/GM making picks.

    Notice what the Raiders have to do to try an recover from the mess caused by the last few years of Al’s life? No cap space, too many holes to fill. Cowboys, this is your future.

  34. People asked what seattle was doing last year as well and it worked out. I m still a little skeptical but I m willing to let this play Out. Kid seems like a solid player. Now go get help on the def line. I still think floyd was the better pick at 18 and the trade was garbage. Should have gotten a 2nd and third rounder. As I type I think I convinced myself that I hate the move. Yep it sucked. Damnit jerry. Wake up.

  35. Not even a Cowboys fan, but I said it on the other article: did you see the Cowboys’ center and guard play last year? Regardless of whether it was a “reach” or not, this is an impact pick for this team specifically.

  36. The Honey Badger will be next, and he will hire Pac Man Jones to be his mentor and escort.

  37. Everyone loves to bag on the Cowboys. Fredrick may not be the most flashy pick, but he’s a kid who can play either guard or center. He’s a double major at Wisco and squats 750 lbs (30 lbs shy of the Wisco record). He is described by at least one writer as “the nastiest run blocker in the big 10.” He will make the line calls and allow Tony to make his presnap reads instead of trying to emulate Peyton Manning and make the line calls himself. It may have been a reach, but I, for one, am glad that Travis is our reach, OUR REACH. So for all of you who love to come on here and bag on the Cowboys and make the tired old “Jerry Jones: the new Al Davis” joke; go ahead make your jokes. Get your upvotes, and then go back into your mom’s cellar and grab a cold one. Because at the end of the day, you’ll still be a Browns fan or Raiders fan, and those teams can suck the fun out of a bachelor party in a brothel.

  38. No one is saying he’s a bad player its that no question they could have gotten him later in the draft. Jerry misread the board. he thought it said 22nd best player on Dallas board, it really said 22 best center on the board.. As a Giants fan I love Jerry n I’d clean his glasses all day if he keeps GMing!!!!

  39. Jerry, the window is closing for you to be alive. If you really want to win a Superbowl while you are the GM at least hire someone that is going to tell you your pick sucks.

  40. Proof positive that Jerruh should just sign checks and stay away from personnel and management decisions.

  41. The best part of the whole thing was the “war room” cam where it showed Jerry pumping his fist like he just hit the mother load.

  42. Bottom Line. They sell out every game without having to buy their own tickets. They own the best stadium in the country. Any rights that the NFL hasn’t appropriated are very lucrative.

    How many teams would love to be in this position? The Redskins who spend a ton of money and whose stadium was ramshackle the day it was built. Bills? Bengals? Chargers? Dolphins? Browns? Ravens? 49ers?

    He must be doing something right.

  43. Let’s be honest – none of you guys know who this kid is. You’re all making fun of the Cowboys – particularly Jerry Jones – for drafting him based on others’ opinions of him. I’m no Cowboys fan, but they do have a lot of talent. Pretty sure Jerry Jones is the one bringing that talent in. If you want to say he’s done a poor job hiring coaches to develop that talent and use it in the best way, I won”t argue with that. But a team with Romo, Witten, Bryant, Ware, Austin, Murray, Carr, Lee, Spencer, Ratliff, Smith, and Claiborne is certainly not hurting for talent and they’ve got some solid role players. They probably won’t put it all together for whatever reason, but putting the blame on Jerry Jones is asinine in my opinion.

  44. Jerry, just hire a GM to do the important stuff and you can go back to just being the owner: like making sure the number of tickets sold corresponds to the number of seats available.

  45. @thetroofishere

    What about the fact not a single player from the 2009 draft is doing anything for the Cowboys?

    And since 2010, only 6 players drafted by Jerrah have done much of anything for the Cowboys.

    But yeah, keep believing.

  46. I guess I’m one of the few Cowboy fans who is actually cool with this signing. He might be a head scratcher but with the Cowboys investing in Romo they NEED to give him protection because he was literally running for dear life last year. The offensive line is one of our biggest issues so if this guy was supposed to be the best center in the draft then I’m all for getting Romo the protection he needs so that his receivers can actually run their routes before getting sacked. Also I like this pick due to the fact that hopefully this guy can actually hike the ball when he’s supposed to when they line up in the shotgun. Can’t remember how many times they would hike him the ball while he was still making his adjustments

  47. he will never give up control of the cowboys,so I hope he lives to be 100 cause as long as he is alive the cowboys won’t do anything but lose!!!!

  48. I guess the lasting MEMORY for me is jerry pumping his fist in the war room as he waste a 1st round pick on a 3rd rounder,I guess he showed us.

  49. It seems that the strongest criticism is not that Frederick isn’t a good player (he is), but rather at what pick he was taken and who the Cowboys could have taken instead. The problem is that people are basing their opinions on media types and football hacks (sorry Mike…) who place their own “value” on a player and rip a team when reality does not meet expectations. The prevailing wisdom is “They should have taken Elam at 31”, but you do not know how the Cowboys had Elam graded.

    I remember when a few other teams took wild outliers on Offensive Linemen and they turned out pretty well.

    Remember John Fina? Nobody, but nobody expected him to go in the 1st round, but he did and he was a very good player.

    But the poster child of OL that were taken too early has to be Logan Mankins. At the time no one, and I mean NO ONE thought that he was anywhere near a first round pick. That turned out pretty well for the Pats.

    If Frederick WAS the intended target (I do not believe this. I think that he was the Consolation Prize), then I would have preferred another trade down into the 2nd round with a QB-needy team, taken him there and stockpiled another pick or two. But the fact is that the Dallas Cowboys picked the best player available at a position of need for their team. Just because YOU (or I) think that should have picked someone else doesn’t change that fact.

    Let me repeat that: the Dallas Cowboys picked the best player available at a position of need for their team.

  50. You people are all Idiots… Let me explain, while Jonathan Cooper was the guy who got took early if you read every scouting report the thing they said about him is he never had to adjust protections from the center position. While fredrick may not be sexy he come from o-line U Wisconsin. He can adjust protections and play all three positions on the interior giving us allot of flexibility on the offensive line to find a combination that works. He was the top rated center in the draft.
    Also let’s not forget that we are post CBA and rookies in the 1st round no longer cost an arm and a leg contract wise basically meaning YOU DRAFT FOR YOUR TEAM NEEDS NOT VALUE. If your a hater then your perspective is skewed during to bias not logic (p.s. Logical voice can like my tate, that idiot roots for the deadskins) all in all I applaud jerry for 1)getting us back under the cap without losing our core players and 2) Not jumping at the sexy picks and going for the picks that help our team. Chance favors the prepared mind and none you studied. Get a grip and a brain!

  51. Let me repeat that: the Dallas Cowboys picked the best player available at a position of need for their team.
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    Many teams needed QB’s and RB’s this year, but only one decided that any of these chumps graded out to a first round pick.
    Some teams need punters and kickers, none went in the first round. No value there, wait until later.

    My point is, every team drafts for their specific need, but some teams also get value for their pick.

    it’s like being in an auction and Jerrah bids 10 million when the highest bid is 5 million. Maybe he thinks this is an Auction.
    Or maybe he’s really smarter than 95% of his peers.

    This may sound crazy but Play Fantasy Football with some fantasy sharks and you’ll better understand what value is.

  52. This is a placeholder, just as a convenience since I know most of you are now full of remorse, regret and deep shame over these precipitous and ill-founded opinions. Below this line you may place apologies, retractions and mea culpas.

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