With a load of needs staring them in the face, the Cowboys once again proved to be the smartest guy in the room and traded out of their 18th overall pick to acquire the third rounder by the San Francisco 49ers as well as their first rounder.
With the pick the Cowboys selected Wisconsin center Travis Frederick. If he's not the starting center in Week 1 something has gone terribly, terribly wrong. The Cowboys need a center, and this guy has an awesome beard. It's like a cross between that giant mess that Dirk Nowitzki and Chris Kaman of the Dallas Mavericks.
Since Jerry learned the draft trade under Jimmy Johnson, who believed in acquiring as many picks as possible, Jerry loves to trade down to land more players. But if those players can't play, what's the point?
The Cowboys thought that this draft was not loaded with any hall of famers, but a lot of quality players; that there was not a lot of difference between their 18th pick and a potential third rounder. They better be right on that assessment.
This will make you feel better: NFL.com reporter Albert Breer's Tweeted after the 1st round: "Text from one AFC personnel man when I told him the Cowboys took Frederick: "Yuck".
This figures not to be a terrible pick but a bit of a head scratcher as there were better players ahead of him at 18 the Cowboys passed on to obtain the 49ers' third round selection.
Frederick should at least make the interior of the line better, because that area was just such a weakness last season. Frederick better be a player, and the Cowboys must find a quality player with the 49ers' pick in the third round to justify this deal.
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