Pick: Wisconsin center Travis Frederick, No. 31 overall.
Pros: The 6-foot-3 5/8, 312-pound Frederick is a big center who is considered a mauler. He has significant experience and position flexibility, having started 18 games at center and 13 at guard during his college career. He was an Academic All-Big Ten selection in 2012 who has excellent intangibles. He’s a smart player with good awareness and a mean streak.
Cons: Frederick is far from an elite athlete. He ran a 5.58-second 40-yard dash with a 1.91-second 10-yard split. He’s often slow getting to the second level in the running game and tends to struggle against quick interior pass-rushers. This pick will be widely considered a reach. ESPN’s Scouts Inc. ranked Frederick as the No. 70 player in the draft.
Cowboys fit: Frederick could replace Phil Costa at center or start at either guard position. This is a pick that addresses a glaring need for the Cowboys to upgrade the interior offensive line.
Could have had: Georgia LB Alec Ogletree, Notre Dame LB Manti Te'o, Tennessee WR Justin Hunter, Florida S Matt Elam, Florida State OT Menelik Watson, Florida State DE Cornelius “Tank” Carradine, Florida DT Sharrif Floyd.