It is pretty obvious to me from comments at the Press Conferences that Dallas had Chance Warmack and Jonathon Cooper at the top of their list, and when they got taken the Cowboys focused their Draft on the next guy at interior OL, and that guy is Travis Frederick from Wisconsin. I’ve read all the stuff about this was Stephen and Jerry overriding Jason and Tom, and I just do not buy this at all. I’ve watched the War Room footage. I’ve watched the Press Conferences. I’ve heard the kid. This was clearly our plan all along. However, the Cowboys did not take him at pick 18, they traded down and added a pick. Immediately fans and media turned to the Internet Draft trade value charts to see if the trade was equitable. Are the charts truly outdated? Jerry defensively pointed out that the Cowboys were the team that created that Chart.
Regardless of how one feels about the legitimacy of any chart, the fact of the matter is the Cowboys took the guy they spent a lot of time with as a contingency plan if Cooper and Warmack went before pick 18. This Draft was deep at Offensive Line and it showed in the top 11 picks. The fact of the matter is, that hurt Dallas and pushed them towards taking Travis Frederick where they did. I submit to you that it is way too soon to decide if he was worth the pick. There are a lot of ways to look at it. If he starts immediately, it was worth the pick. If he plays for 10 years or more as has been suggested, it was worth the pick. If he puts some Pro Bowl or All Pro seasons in his career then it will turn out to be an outstanding pick.
Think about it this way. If Erik Williams had been drafted in the first round instead of the third there would have been an uproar. Once he started for the Cowboys that uproar would have died down a little as people saw how good he was. Had his career not been shortened by a car accident that left him a shell of the former monster he was we would be talking about him as a great pick, even if the Draft publications had him in the 3rd or 4th rounds. In other words, it isn’t where a player gets picked, it’s how they turn out. The book on the 2013 Draft hasn’t even been written but we have already learned that Frederick is perhaps a nasty player like Big E was. Give me that kind of effort and I am going to love this pick no matter what the pundits think.
Let’s start with the kid himself. Everyone is making a huge deal out of the fact he said he thought he was a second round Draft pick. Do you know what he also said in that interview? Right around the 50 second mark, and right after he said he thought he was a 2nd round guy, he said he thought he could be headed to Dallas at 31 when we traded down because we had shown so much interest. He said Bill Callahan personally came and worked him out. If that doesn’t sound to you like we were one of the teams who were targeting him I don’t know what to tell you.