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April 26, 2013

Cowboys liked a lot about Frederick, especially that chemical engineering degree, jokes Jerry Jones

The Cowboys liked a lot of things about Wisconsin center Travis Frederick, their No. 1 pick on Thursday night.

But that chemical engineering degree? Now you’re talking.

There’s no better way to impress Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones, who majored in the same, said his father, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.

“With Stephen in charge of our personnel, someone that can graduate in his junior year in engineering – a chemical engineer – you’ve got a handicap from the word ‘go,’ ” Jerry Jones joked in a press conference after the first round of the NFL draft. “He’s a little partial. He moves up the board, these engineers.”

It was a little family humor from the top two men in the Cowboys organization, but head coach Jason Garrett reinforced the idea that Frederick’s intelligence was a big factor.

“He has the makeup as a person, and his football integrity and character is outstanding, and he’s just a good, smart football player,” Garrett said. “There is just a lot to like about him. ... Very smart academically in college and just a really solid person to go along with what we think are really good traits as a player, to address a really good need on our football team.”

-- Carlos Mendez

Twitter @calexmendez

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