Cowboys Laughing Stock of the NFL Draft after their First Round Pick

Going into the NFL Draft, it was rumored the Dallas Cowboys had 15 players they coveted on their big board within the first round. Selecting at #18, it was expected that at least one of those players would drop into their collective laps. Apparently, that was not the case. And the Cowboys ended the night getting laughed off the NFL Network.

Oct 21, 2012; Charlotte, NC, USA; Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones point to the fans prior to the game against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Sitting at #18, the Cowboys’ Draft War Room decided players like defensive tackles Sharrif Floyd and Sylvester Williams, offensive tackle Justin Pugh, safety Eric Reid and defensive end Bjoern Werner were all unworthy of that high a pick. Scouting at it’s finest, I’m sure. Instead, they opted to trade down finding a willing partner in the already talent-overloaded San Fransisco 49ers. They swap first round picks (and a little saliva), and the Boy’s get an additional third round pick. This was not a totally surprising move simply because moving down for more picks is a Jones’ family tradition. Because of the depth in this year’s draft, it seemed most NFL teams in the first round wanted to trade down, if they could.

That left Dallas sitting with the 31st pick in the first round. What was already a long night for Cowboy fans, became excruciating. One-by-one names we have seen throughout countless mock drafts for the last three months began to come off the board. Finally, after more than three hours , it was time for the Cowboys to make their first selection. Would it be safety Jonathan Cyprien, linebacker Manti Te’o (I see you snickering), or maybe even running back Eddie Lacy?

With the 31st pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Dallas Cowboys select…(snore)…um…(cough)….Travis Frederick, Center, Wisconsin.

I’m sorry, who? During a phone interview afterwards, even Fredericks’ himself was surprised by his first round selection:

“I was a little surprised. I thought that I was probably going to fit somewhere in the second round, but Dallas had showed a lot of interest in me throughout the process.”

According to Cowboys’ head coach Jason Garrett, Frederick was the highest rated player on their big board at the time. Seriously? That’s either some serious grass-roots scouting or that big board is fairly thin. Regardless, Garrett said he loves the kid’s position flexibility. Frederick started at both guard and center for one year each during his final two seasons at Wisconsin.

Vice President and Jerry Jones “mini-me”, Stephen Jones suggested the center was undervalued by most teams, but not all. And they were actually afraid Frederick would not make it to their pick in the second round. NFL Network Draft Analyst Mike Mayock disagreed as he had Frederick listed out with a third round grade. Most others didn’t even have him rated that high.

Oct 20, 2012; Madison, WI, USA; Wisconsin Badgers offensive lineman Travis Frederick (72) during warmups prior to the game against the Minnesota Golden Gophers at Camp Randall Stadium. Wisconsin defeated Minnesota 38-13. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Frederick is a not a good athlete, by any means, and had terrible workouts. Just how bad is he? Frederick is actually the slowest center to be drafted by an NFL team in the last 20 years. One AFC personnel man, via the Dallas Morning News, actually said “His feet are so (expletive) slow. He’s beginning to scare me the more I watch him. ”

But what Frederick lacks in athleticism, he makes up in brains. He is rumored to have scored a 34 of a possible 50 on the Wonderlic test. That just might make him the smartest player in the NFL Draft. (Maybe he can tutor Morris Claiborne?) Frederick says he likes to take a cerebral approach to playing Football. That will be a nice change of pace for the Cowboys. He is also graduating as a Junior with a degree in Computer Engineering. Is it illegal to block a defender in the face with a Macbook Pro?

Don’t get me wrong. I like the player. I just don’t like the pick. Especially with so many other needs and so much better talent still on the board. How about we take a chance that old “cement shoes” here is hanging around in the third round?

This is the kind of choice that gets coaches and scouting departments fired. And it should. I personally still want a shot at the guy who said Julius Jones and Stephen Jackson possessed equal talent. Anyone wanna form some kind of vigilantly posse and track him down? I’m free on Tuesday.

Well, the Cowboys have three more picks to screw up tonight. But if the laughter gets too loud, I might just have to turn the channel. Don’t get me wrong (again). I enjoy a good laugh as much as the next guy. But just not at the expense of my favorite team.

Topics: 2013 NFL Draft, Dallas Cowboys, Travis Frederick

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  • maw

    draftnicks could improve their accuracy by completing their mock drafts then take a hit of acid,smoke some crack,and shoot up some heroin. While under the influence make the cowboy pick. After they come down adjust the rest of their board to allow for the annual Jerry’s kids pick.

  • Jbbravo

    I can’t believe I waited around for that yesterday. I knew they were going to trade down just did not think for him.

  • juz sayin

    Over re acting dude good just not sexy! if we went Cordalle Patterson or Reached for Reid then we still would complain but its the 9ers oh well!

  • Juz Asking

    Geno Smith?

  • Rocklayer99

    a needed guy, but as usual, Jerrah underwelms…i can’t believe we passed up some of the others left on the board

  • http://www.facebook.com/vinnycaz Vinny Caiazzo

    this was abd move or it has all the makings of one I hope i am wrong but with his speed on the line I dont care how smart he is dexter manley was illiterate yet he can play , he was an athlete this guy is not even close what the hell

  • http://www.facebook.com/vinnycaz Vinny Caiazzo

    should have gotten geno smith traded orton for a lineman and would have been better off

  • Delta456

    Your favorite team? You must be desperate! Ha! And on a grammar note… “a NFL” should be “an NFL.”

    • http://www.facebook.com/clearwall Trey Peters-Peters

      Either is technically correct. “An” would be used if you read the abbreviation. “A” is used if you read what the abbr stands for. An NFL,…A National Football League

      • Delta456

        who in their right mind would “read” an abbreviation like NFL? Makes sense, but geez…

  • Mark Barnhurst

    OMG…..It is official.. JJ is Senile.. I just thought he was a stupid GM but this choice has proven that the Cowboys have no chance of success in their near future…First round picks are suppose to be for The most talented players available that will make an immediate impact..

  • ctcowboy1968

    I actually thought JJ was getting it right for once. Since the stud OL were gone, trade back and pick up an extra pick. Certainly JJ would pick G Larry Warford with the 31st pick. Ophs…
    This is a terrible 1st round pick. Could have gotten him in the 3rd easily. Cowboys just don’t understand how to draft and play expectations of where players are going to get picked. Management is really stupid. I don’t care if we put a 1st round grade on a player. If he is not expected to be Picked until the 4th round, then don’t pick him until the 3rd round.
    But the Boys weren’t the only team to screw up last night. Giant’s picked a 3rd round talent at 19. Chargers picking Fluter at 11 was a huge reach. Bears picking Long was a big mistake.
    If they had stayed at 18, the DTs Floyd or Williams would have been the picks. They will be difference makers.

    • Pridenpoise

      At least with Long the pedigree is there, good chance he succeeds in the NFL I can’t say the same about old cement shoes AKA the beard. lol

  • jrcowboy49

    Dallas had notable prospects such as defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd and safety Eric Reid at No. 18. Instead, they worked out a trade with the San Francisco 49ers to swap first round picks and acquire an additional third. It seemed like a good idea at the time. The Cowboys would move down a few spots, gain an extra mid-rounder and still have a shot at drafting a top-rated offensive lineman. The plan backfired. The next two picks (19th and 20th) were tackle Justin Pugh and guard Kyle Long. Then, the plan backfired again. The 49ers used the 18th pick to select Reid, the Vikings snagged Floyd, and just when it seemed like the Cowboys were going to get a steal in defensive tackle Sylvester Williams, the Broncos took him at 28. Watching all of this go down on the live stream of the Cowboys War Room made it evident that this was the worst case scenario. Jerry Jones sat in the middle of the room, red-faced and shuffling papers about. Jason Garrett sat to his right, who seemed to get angrier every time Stephen Jones, sitting to Jerry’s left, got on the phone with somebody. It was clear that Plan A and Plan B had both failed. The results were picking a position of need, but not necessarily a player of desire. It seems that this was more of panic pick and less of a well thought out strategy. Trading down sounds nice in theory, but if it means missing out on a couple of top-rated prospects and being forced into a player you don’t want, then you have to question the value of your return. Will the added third rounder, No. 74 overall, provide enough production to cover for the likes of Reid and Floyd? Or will it be a bargaining chip for another trade? Having two second rounders would certainly make it look like Jones and company had a deliberate plan.

    • nessix

      Sounds like another draft? Maybe the Max Unger draft?

    • http://www.facebook.com/Mr.JayGizzel Julio Gonzalez

      Did you see what we did at 74 AND 80???…..SMH….Totally out the first three rounds with guys that may not even make the team. A true Cowboys fan that will suffer the aftermath of this horrible draft….

  • BajaMan

    The really bad part about the Cowboys organization, is that there is no one around to fire the egotistical owner; maybe if fans stop being suckered by the glitz and glamor surrounding the team and stopped buying tickets or watching them on TV. They haven’t won much since the other JJ was fired. Seems we hear the same song on draft day every year…and still no playoff wins…much less a SuperBowl.

  • Best in Show

    Well, at least our player won the Beard Growing Contest. Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha!

  • Jerry Jones

    Who has the keys to my clown car?

  • disqus_kLJwdEdnOL

    I posted before the draft that trading down would be a mistake
    especially in view of JJ’s draft history. Most all of the pre-draft
    posts thought otherwise and went so far as to say I must be drunk. But
    what I posted would happen if Dallas traded down happened exactly as I
    predicted. I would like to tell you I told you so but I won’t. What the
    heck! I told you so. JJ just flat out has no business being a general
    manager. He must have thought the other teams would pass on at least one
    of the five remaining can’t miss players but what he fails to realize
    is that other teams aren’t as inept as he is. Maybe next year or maybe
    the next or maybe the next and so on as long as JJ is general manager.

  • nessix

    Reminds me of the Quincy Carter pick. Everyone had him rated 4th+ rounds but ol’ Jerry had him rated a second rounder. Why? Apparently second rounders sign longer contracts. That’s why Jerry drafted Quincy in the second.

  • mikal

    Twenty years from now, I will learn vicariously that the Cowboys have won another playoff game–when somebody shouts it into my damn grave!

  • gmonte4538

    The silver lining is at least he isn’t a Bobby Carpenter, Ebinezer Ekuban, Robert Jones who I don’t even remember…etc. Most smart guys at that position tend to stay in the league for a while.

    Chemical Engineering degree ? Maybe he can develop something to eliminate loosing?

  • Santee Jack

    The spirit of Al Davis has taken control of Jerry Jones’s body.

    • Pridenpoise

      At least the guys Al took had Speed.

  • jayhwk01

    As long as All Davis errr Jerry remains GM my beloved Cowboys will continue to be nothing better than a middle of the road team or worse. Sad.

  • Juanito Juanito

    were is the drama, pugh and the guy from oregon were 2nd round picks by experts ans scouts, and they go 19 and 20 in 1st round, the stupid move was not frederick, the dumb thing was the trade and only grab and extra 3rd round guy, stupid jerry or stephen

  • Pack23Life

    not a cowboys fan but i do feel bad for yall, mike mayock didnt even know what to say, the defense witch is switching needs some nasty players an Eric Reid an Cyprian an Matt Elam were there for the taking either one would be good im partial to Elam just cuz he’s a brawler an a play maker Cowboys dropped the ball on the first night.

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