DALLAS COWBOYS 2013 NFL DRAFT: First round pick–Top ranked Center Travis Frederick–Wisconsin

Dallas Cowboys Center Guard Travis Frederick - The Boys Are Back blog - 2013 NFL Draft

Player

Pos.

Pos. Rank

School

Class

Ht.

Wt.

Travis Frederick

C

1

Wisconsin

rJr

6-4

312

The Dallas Cowboys drafted the #1 ranked center in the 2013 NFL Draft. See the full analysis below.

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2013 NFL DRAFT – FIRST ROUND

 

Team

Team Needs

Drafted

1

Kansas City Chiefs

OL; LB; DL

Fisher, Eric (OT)

2

Jacksonville Jaguars

QB; DL; CB

Joeckel, Luke (OT)

3

Miami Dolphins (from Oakland)

OL; CB; RB

Jordan, Dion (DE)

4

Philadelphia Eagles

CB; QB; OL

Johnson, Lane (OT)

5

Detroit Lions

OL; DL; LB

Ansah, Ziggy (DE)

6

Cleveland Browns

QB; CB; LB

Mingo, Barkevious (DE)

7

Arizona Cardinals

OL; LB; RB

Cooper, Jonathan (OG)

8

St Louis Rams (from Buffalo)

WR; S; RB

Austin, Tavon (WR)

9

New York Jets

WR; LB; S

Milliner, Dee (CB)

10

Tennessee Titans

CB; DL; LB

Warmack, Chance (OG)

11

San Diego Chargers

OL; CB; LB

Fluker, D.J. (OT)

12

Oakland Raiders (from Miami)

DL; S; TE

Hayden, D.J. (CB)

13

New York Jets

WR; LB; S

Richardson, Sheldon (DT)

14

Carolina Panthers

DL; S; OL

Lotulelei, Star (DT)

15

New Orleans Saints

LB; S; CB

Vaccaro, Kenny (SS)

16

Buffalo Bills (from St. Louis)

QB; OL; WR

Manuel, EJ (QB)

17

Pittsburgh Steelers

LB; S; RB

Jones, Jarvis (OLB)

18

San Francisco (from Dallas)

S; DL; CB

Reid, Eric (FS)

19

New York Giants

OL; DL; CB

Pugh, Justin (OT)

20

Chicago Bears

LB; OL; WR

Long, Kyle (OG)

21

Cincinnati Bengals

OL; RB; S

Eifert, Tyler (TE)

22

Atlanta Falcons (from St. Louis via Washington)

CB; DL; LB

Trufant, Desmond (CB)

23

Minnesota Vikings

LB; DL; WR

Floyd, Sharrif (DT)

24

Indianapolis Colts

DL; OL; CB

Werner, Bjoern (DE)

25

Minnesota Vikings (from Seattle)

LB; DL; WR

Rhodes, Xavier (CB)

26

Green Bay Packers

OL; RB; DL

Jones, Datone (DE)

27

Houston Texans

WR; LB; OL

Hopkins, DeAndre (WR)

28

Denver Broncos

DL; CB; RB

Williams, Sylvester (DT)

29

Minnesota Vikings (from New England)

LB; DL; WR

Patterson, Cordarrelle (WR)

30

St. Louis Rams (from Atlanta)

WR; S; RB

Ogletree, Alec (ILB)

31

Dallas Cowboys (from San Francisco)

OL; S; DL

Frederick, Travis (C)

32

Baltimore Ravens

LB; WR; OL

Elam, Matt (FS)


C – TRAVIS FREDERICK – WISCONSIN – BIG TEN (Continued)

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Latest News

03/07/2013 – 2013 Wisconsin Pro Day: In addition to Ball, Badgers seniors taking part included center Travis Frederick, tackle Ricky Wagner, cornerbacks Devin Smith and Marcus Cromartie and safety Shelton Johnson. Frederick and Wagner did not run but took part in drills with Miami Dolphins offensive line coach Jim Turner. Frederick had a chance to re-run the 40 after covering it in 5.8 seconds at the combine (same as Chance Warmack), but he said he was more interested in showing the scouts how sound his technique is as a blocker.

“I want to show I’m talented at what an offensive lineman does,” Frederick said. “It’s not that often you see an offensive lineman running 40 yards down the field, unless your running back scored, in which case you can trot down the field. “But I was just trying to show them the things that are important for us.” Frederick said his time in the first 10 yards of the 40-yard dash at the combine was acceptable and he thought it showed what kind of athlete he is. – Tom Silverstein, The Journal Sentinel

Overview

With Kevin Zeitler and Peter Konz gone to the NFL, Frederick is the lone returning member of the Badgers interior offensive line in 2012. And Frederick, who will move from left guard to center as a junior this season, could end up being the best of the three.

As a recruit he impressed the Badgers’ coaching staff during a summer camp and earned a scholarship offer.

Frederick became the first true freshman offensive lineman to start the season opener in school history, starting four games (two at center, two at left guard) in 2009.

After redshirting in 2010, he started 13 games as a sophomore last season, 11 games at left guard before moving inside to center for the final two contests, earning Second Team All-Big Ten honors.

Analysis

POSITIVES: Top-notch football IQ and overall intelligence to recognize what the defense is doing and adjust the offensive line accordingly. Has bulked up and added bulk to his frame, carrying his weight well for a 335-plus pounder. Mobile enough to get to the second level and block in space. Thick upper body with the base strength to anchor off the snap and hold his ground.

Works hard with his technique and doesn’t make many mistakes. Fights with a finishing attitude and understands different scenarios, keeping his head on a swivel. Better foot quickness and agility for a blocker with his size.

Comes from a program known for producing NFL-quality offensive linemen and has starting experience at both guard and center. High character individual and very coachable.

NEGATIVES: Lacks elite athleticism and has some stiffness in his hips. Needs to keep his weight in check to stay mobile. Susceptible to explosive interior linemen off the snap and needs to set up quicker to gain position and block off-balance.

COMPARES TO: John Moffitt, OL, Seattle Seahawks – Like Moffitt, Frederick lined up at both guard and center over his Wisconsin career, flashing the same sound technique and powerful base.


C – TRAVIS FREDERICK – WISCONSIN – BIG TEN

TRAVIS FREDERICK
OVERVIEW

The Badgers have become a pipeline for NFL offensive linemen, seeing 14 of their big boys up front selected since the 2000 draft –- the most of any school in the country over that time period. Nine of those 14 were top 100 picks, including Atlanta’s latest second-round pick, Peter Konz. Frederick is scheduled to play at center as a junior, but scouts will appreciate his versatility -– much like Atlanta did with Konz, who moved from center to guard for the Falcons as a rookie.

Frederick, a two-time all-Wisconsin pick as a high school offensive and defensive lineman, made an instant impact on campus after graduating early from tiny Big Foot High School to take part in 2009 spring practices. He became the first true freshman to start a season-opener for the Badgers when veterans John Moffitt and Bill Nagy (both NFL draft picks in 2011) sat out due to injury. The next week he started again in the pivot, but an ankle injury took him out of the lineup until he was needed again to step in for injured veterans at left guard for the final two games of the year. Frederick redshirted the 2010 season because of the team’s depth on the line before getting his chance as a full-time starter as a sophomore, garnering second-team All-Big Ten (11 at left guard, two at center). In 2012, Frederick started all 13 games at center and was named first-team All-Big Ten by the media.

ANALYSIS
STRENGTHS

Thick-bodied interior lineman with experience at guard and center. Possesses upper body strength to turn his man out of the hole, help one guard in pass pro with one hand. Gets his hands up quickly after the snap, keeps them inside. Also moves his feet well to get angles, combo from tackle to linebacker. Churns his legs as a drive-blocker, gets movement. Anchor is strong, does not get bulled backwards when man-up and late blitzers bounce off his chest. Works hard to sustain and finish one-on-one blocks. Regularly used on the move whether at guard or center, fits on blocks well whether stepping up to the second level or outside the hashes. Shotgun snaps are reliable with good velocity.

WEAKNESSES

Girth in the middle takes away some quickness behind the line, takes time to get around the tackle and gets tripped up in traffic when on the move. Gets out-quicked by interior blitzers and occasionally stops his feet in pass protection. Can lose his balance when leaning into his man, though he recovers well enough to get back in the play.

NFL COMPARISON

David Bass

BOTTOM LINE

The Badgers’ streak of providing the NFL with top interior line prospects should continue with Frederick because he uses his toughness and thick body, in addition to excellent technique and flashes of foot quickness, to move defenders whether at guard or center –where he played during the 2012 season and probable NFL spot. A top draft selection is likely.

3 responses

  1. tony cardenas | Reply

    excited about this pick, I don’t know if he’ll be a stepnoski but if he can get close ill be happy! I think he will be a solid lineman and will hopefully make the rest of the line better. if we can find a way to get another one or two solid lineman ill be excited this season even more then usual. NO LINE = NO RING

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    1. This guy generates a push. Thats something the current line achieved a handfull of times. Hes a young big buck whos ready to take over with versatility. Right and left guard skills as well. His downsides.are.all coachable and pail in comparisson to his upsides. Great pick. Its all about pushin and makin holes. Run game will be a big focal point this year.

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  2. Very pumped about this pick. I was hyper critical when i.heard of the.trade…..that soon vanished. Great pick. Genious.

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