After trading down to San Francisco's No. 31 overall selection, the Cowboys stunned many by selecting Wisconsin center Travis Frederick. I scouted Frederick earlier this year, and I had this to say:
Frederick has good size at 6-4, 312 pounds. On film, he plays very intelligently. He handles stunts and blitzes well, and he displays outstanding body position nearly all of the time. Frederick doesn’t typically deliver knockout shots, but he gets between his defender and the ball-carrier or quarterback on most plays. For lacking athleticism, he does a fine job of getting to the second level and walling off defenders.
Frederick is very coachable and he’s going to work hard at the next level. He’s the “right kind of guy,” but I’m not sure if he has the right kind of athleticism to really thrive in the NFL. He’s not going to provide flawless pass protection, and there’s a good chance he’ll get eaten up by the league’s quicker interior defensive linemen. Plus, there are questions about how stout he can be at the point-of-attack.
My main problem with Frederick isn't that he can't play, but that I find it doubtful that Frederick would have been off of the board for Dallas by the time they pick again in the second round. This is a guy who ran a 5.58 at the Combine, and while speed obviously isn't vital for linemen, that time is concerning and points to a real lack of athleticism.
I'm going to write a more in-depth review of Frederick and how he fits in Dallas in the next few minutes, so look out for that. In the meantime, my grade:
Pick Grade: D