Hindsight is 20/20. Our friends over at Sports Illustrated re-drafted the 2013 NFL Draft in January. Fans will remember the criticism the Dallas Cowboys took for their trade with the San Francisco 49ers with their first round pick and the subsequent overreach for Wisconsin center Travis Frederick at #31 overall. Although many agree a third round compensation pick for moving down 13 spots in the first is still seen as a mistake, just as many see the selection of Frederick as the right choice by Dallas. And this includes the good people over at SI.com.
In their 2013 NFL Re-Draft, Frederick was selected at #20 overall by the Chicago Bears. Justifying his selection in the first round, the move has him taken 11 spots earlier and very close to the Cowboys’ original draft position at #18 overall. Here’s what Sports Illustrated’s Don Banks had to say about the Frederick pick:
“Though some considered him to have gone too high, Long proved to be a very solid choice for the Bears and helped improve their problematic offensive line. We could easily stand pat with him to Chicago at No. 20. But Frederick, taken 31st by Dallas, was an even better find, and premium centers seem more difficult to find these days than premium guards. The Cowboys earned quite a bit of derision when Frederick’s name was called on draft night, but the joke was on everybody but Dallas.”
Frederick was also been named to the Pro Football Writers Association’s All-Rookie team earlier this year. He played every snap for the Cowboys last season, committing only three penalties the entire time. His play and these recent accolades certainly prove that the Dallas Cowboys were justified in selecting Frederick in the first round.