Projections for the Dallas Cowboys Rookie Class

Brad Gagnon NFL National ColumnistMay 2, 2013

CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 17: Travis Frederick #72 of the Wisconsin Badgers awaits the start of play against the Northern Illinois Huskies at Soldier Field on September 17, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. Wisconsin defeated Northern Illinois 49-7. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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We've now had a chance to reflect on the seven players the Dallas Cowboys drafted last weekend. We won't begin to get a feel for how those rookies will fit in until training camp is rolling in July and August, but that's not stopping us from making some early predictions for those seven draft picks. 


Travis Frederick: 8.0 PFF rating in 16 starts at right guard

Few expected the Wisconsin offensive lineman to be picked in the first round, and I don't think it was a smart move, but that doesn't mean I don't think Frederick can have a solid rookie campaign as a starter.

However, I don't think he's going to start at center, where he was a first-team Pro Football Weekly All-American in 2012. Ultimately, I think Phil Costa keeps that job and Frederick replaces Mackenzy Bernadeau at right guard Week 1. 

For those not familiar with PFF ratings, 8.0 is a good one for a rookie starter. Last year, Buffalo's Kraig Urbik posted a 7.3 rating, which made him the 11th-best right guard on the list. 


Gavin Escobar: 16 Rec, 188 Yds, 1 TD

Escobar might not be a great all-around tight end or get a ton of looks as a rookie, but the guy has superb hands. Expect the second-round pick out of San Diego State to cut into the 451 snaps John Phillips and James Hanna had in 2012. 


Terrance Williams: 16 Rec, 208 Yds, 0 TD

Folks are fired up over the third-round pick out of Baylor, thinking he could be a long-term solution to complement Dez Bryant outside at wide receiver. But I still think Miles Austin and Dwayne Harris start the year with an edge on Williams. 


J.J. Wilcox: 1 INT, 18 TKL in 4 starts at free safety

The Georgia Southern safety could have a chance to start in the Cowboys' thin secondary, but he has only one year of college starting experience under his belt. I believe the third-rounder will get a few chances at free safety, but not until later in the year. 


B.W. Webb: 1 INT, 12 TKL at cornerback; 12.5 avg on 14 punt returns

The fourth-round cornerback out of William & Mary could have a chance to beat out Sterling Moore for the fourth spot on the corner depth chart and should have a chance to beat out Dwayne Harris as the starting punt returner. 


Joseph Randle: 4 starts, 125 carries, 590 Yds, 5 TD

There are strong early indications that the fifth-round pick out of Oklahoma State will be DeMarco Murray's backup in 2013. Considering that Murray is injury-prone, that could mean a lot of work for Randle. Assuming he can get over his thumb injury, he could be in for a great rookie campaign. 


DeVonte Holloman: 8 TKL on special teams

The outside linebacker out of South Carolina could be a sleeper out of the sixth round. However, there's a crowd at his position with Bruce Carter, Justin Durant, Ernie Sims and Alex Albright leading the depth chart. He'll make the roster, but will be limited to special teams as a rookie.