Original Pick: Travis Frederick, Center, Wisconsin
Re-Draft Pick: Kiko Alonso, Inside Linebacker, Oregon
The selection of Kiko Alonso is no knock on Travis Frederick, who anchored the offensive line for the Cowboys and looks to be a franchise-caliber player. Instead, this is about supplementing an oft-injured linebacker group that lacked solid play from everyone besides Sean Lee.
Jerry Jones has already said that the Cowboys would have drafted Bobby Wagner in 2012 had they not traded up for Morris Claiborne. Therefore, you have to believe that if they knew just how good Alonso would be, they would have selected him without hesitation.
According to Pro Football Focus, Alonso graded as the 10th overall inside linebacker and second overall amongst inside linebackers in coverage.
In this scenario, Lee would be moved to the “Sam” outside linebacker spot and Alonso would play inside. This would allow Lee the freedom to make more tackles and Alonso the opportunity to make plays in the Tampa 2 defense.