The Biadasz effect
Does Biadasz solve either problem at first glance? No, not really. Nevertheless, I still feel better about the whole picture, and I’ll tell you why. First off, I have a good feeling about the Wisconsin center. He’s been playing center his whole career and has always been very good. Beyond that, there are just a lot more possibilities on the interior line now.
Before the draft, the likelihood was that McGovern and Looney would compete for the starting center position, with the loser relegated to backup. Williams would likely have kept his starting spot no matter how well or poorly he played.
Now, however, the battle is much more open. There are three players who could potentially start at center this year. And whoever wins the spot, the remaining two can battle Williams for the starting guard position. Finally, after the dust settled, there would be quality back-ups at both positions.
My favorite scenario has Biadasz winning the center position. I’m not saying it will definitely happen. The rookie has to recover from surgery and adjust to the higher level of competition in the NFL. Nevertheless, consider this: Biadasz is the only one of the three who started at center last year, so he’s had more practice at the position.
More importantly, Biadasz seems to have at least one of the qualities that made Frederick so valuable: his brain. At Wisconsin, Biadasz helped to call out the coverage at the line of scrimmage, similar to how Mr. Frederick did for the Cowboys, according to Austin Smith at Drafttek.com.
It was a huge help to quarterback Dak Prescott. It’s at least part of the reason Prescott was only sacked 23 times in 2019, as opposed to 56 times the year before when Looney started, according to the NFL.