Will The Cowboys Offensive Line Be Better In 2013 With Travis Frederick?

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I went to Dallas Cowboys.com Sunday morning as part of my regular routine to see if there were any new updates. I was shocked to see that in the mailbag article they had received almost the exact same question from one of their readers that I had from one of mine. I felt obligated to respond to my reader as well.

Carl Hill, San Antonio, Texas: Do you expect to see any improvement on the offensive line by drafting Travis Frederick with the starters having injury issues again?

Larry WarfordAs I have said time and time again: it seems like the Dallas Cowboys front office never has a plan, and as a result, they have no depth. They could have taken Larry Warford (who was a top 3 Offensive Guard in the draft) in the 1st round and still drafted Travis Frederick in the 2nd or 3rd round if they were that high on him. Find me one scout who had a higher grade on Travis Frederick than Larry Warford! In fact, among scouts from around the NFL who were polled, some had as low as a 5th-6th round grade on him. Mike Mayock (who I find to be among the most accurate analysts in the business) had him as a 3rd round pick. No One, and I mean “no one” had a 1st round grade on the Dallas Cowboys 1st round pick Travis Frederick. Jerry Jones’ own scouts advised him against drafting him in the 1st round. Every expert in the country knew that the Dallas Cowboys biggest need was on the Offensive Line and they only added one player. It was a reach at that. Relying on Ronald Leary (who is known to have a degenerative knee condition) is like betting $1000 dollars on hitting a royal flush in poker. Especially when both of the starters (aging free agent veterans brought in last year) have had injury issues of their own.

Travis FrederickOnce again Jerry Jones is the laughing stock of the NFL for drafting Travis Frederick in the 1st round. What I find amusing is there are already hints coming out of valley ranch (in articles by both Mickey Spagnola and Bryan Broaddus) that Travis Frederick may not win the Dallas Cowboys starting center job from Phil Costa: the end result? The Dallas Cowboys missed out on a top OG, and now the so- called starting center, will probably have to fill that position anyway. Either way, it’s a lose lose for the Dallas Cowboys. I said from day one that Nate Livings and Mackenzy Bernadeu were scrubs. What makes it even worse is the fact that neither is able to participate in practices: So basically, what we have is the backups to scrubs playing OG.

How will there ever be any continuity on the Dallas Cowboys offensive line? This is what happens when the Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones continues to short change his franchise quarterback Tony Romo by being cheap with the line and signing castoffs from other teams to protect his highest paid player. The smart teams draft and develop young players who are healthy or sign top rated linemen in free agency.

TonyRomo14I still think that the Dallas Cowboys franchise quarterback Tony Romo was crazy for signing a new contract before he saw what was done to address the OL. It looks like Jerry Jones screwed him over again, but of course if the team fails this year, it will be Tony Romo who will get the blame as usual. It wont be Travis Frederick. 1 play off win in 17 yrs and the only constant has been the Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones. He can fire all the coaches he wants: but the whole world knows he is at the root of the problems. People can say that he listens to the coaches, scouts and advisers, but the fact remains, he is the one that hired them. Enough said.

To sum up my answer for you Carl: if anything, I think it may be worse rather than better.

I posted two videos below. I challenge you to watch my “The Guy No One Was Talking About” Eric Herman (the NYG got him in the 7th round) and compare him to Travis Frederick.  Keep in mind: Herman makes  line calls as well.

As you can clearly see: Herman has better mobility and does a great job at pulling and getting to the 2nd level. He has much more power at the point of attack. (36 reps to 21) You don’t see him playing high with his back arched. He never stops driving with his legs. He anchors better. He is either driving his man back in to the secondary or putting him on his back. You are entitled to your opinion, but mine is simple: the film doesn’t lie. Travis Frederick did not merit a 1st round pick.  If you don’t have access to coaches tape, I strongly encourage you to go to you tube and watch Frederick against Ohio State: he is playing guard in that video. It saddens me to think that our division rivals got a better player in the 7th round.

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CowgirlCas was raised by a loyal Dallas Cowboys fan. Her father has been a fan since the early Landry days, so the Cowboys have always been part of her life. Her dad is a former player and currently coaches a team, she was raised on football. When most kids were out playing with friends, she was either at practice with her dad or watching film with him. Her favorite all time player is Emmit Smith and her current favorite player is Tony Romo. She is a quiet, easy going person, but she can get real feisty and outspoken when it comes to football. She is a firm believer in the Dr Seuss quote: Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind. She is excited to have the opportunity to do just that here at Your Daily Cowboys Football Fix. Her passions other than football include, studying psychology, writing, NASCAR, MMA, music, long days at the beach, and working out.You can see all of her other recent work here: http://sportdfw.com/author/cowgirlcas/ and here: http://fanatchicks.com/commentary/ She can be reached at [email protected], and you can follow her on Twitter @CowgirlCas22
  • Californy

    Here a better center candidate Brian Schwenke, C, California
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 314. Arm: 30 7/8. Hand: 9 1/2.
    40 Time: 4.99.
    Projected Round (2013): 3-4.
    4/23/13: Schwenke continued his upward trend with a great Combine. He had a fast 40 time and did well on the bench press (31 reps). Schwenke performed well at the Senior Bowl, too, which really helped his draft stock. He showed the ability to play in a power man-blocking scheme as well as a zone-blocking scheme. Schwenke is quick and athletic. He does a good job of moving to blocks and executing double teams.
    In college, Schwenke started 36 games on the inside of the offensive line with 16 starts at left guard, 12 at center and eight at right guard. He would fit best as a center in the NFL. Schwenke was a First-Team All-Pac-12 pick by the coaches this year. He should add some weight in a NFL strength and conditioning program.
    http://walterfootball.com/draft2013C.php  I bet you he make the pro Bowl in his career, his Head Coach is a pro Bowl player at this position also.

    • http://www.yourdailycowboysfootballfix.com/ CowgirlCas22

      Californy Broaddus told me he likes him better than Frederick

    • Football Mensa

      Titans got  Schwenke along with Warmack and signed Levitre.

  • Californy

    I often Compare Fredrick to his former team mate Peter Konz last year number 1 Center.  Peter play for Atlanta and he is their OG.  Atlanta was 30th in the run game and he also pressed 21 at  the combined also.  In Atlanta you have a great Offensive line Coach in Pat Hill who has many former bulldogs playing and starting in the NFL.  I believe Hill is a much better Offensive line coach than what we have in Callaghan.

    • http://www.yourdailycowboysfootballfix.com/ CowgirlCas22

      Californy Konz only actually only  started a couple of games

    • cjwright

      Californy I thought it was generally agreed that Callahan was a pretty darn good coach?

      • Football Mensa

        Callahan sucks as an o line coach. He will better serve Dallas as oc.

      • Californy

        I would of rather had his former assistant Tom Cable, he had Seattle third best in the running game last year.  He is also help converting an Offensive lineman from the defensive side of the ball. Cable bring in a meanest and nasty that I like at the offesnive line coach

  • Californy

    I also like Barrett Jones he would of been a nice Option.  I see value where The Rams selected him in this year NFL draft.  He was my number 1 player in this year draft

    • http://www.yourdailycowboysfootballfix.com/ CowgirlCas22

      Californy I would take him over frederick!

  • cowboys_24_7_365

    Another good article Cas… you have a way of bringing me back to reality!

    • http://www.yourdailycowboysfootballfix.com/ CowgirlCas22

      cowboys_24_7_365  Thank You!

  • Erasmus

    I just watched both videos with my 3 year-old son; he doesn’t enjoy focusing on the o-line near as much as the skills positions. Frederick may not be as mobile as some other lineman, but he does have some good qualities ( at least according to the video) and he has what Jason Garrett often looks for: a high football IQ, desire to improve and willingness to put in the effort, and coachability.

    • Californy

      Fredrick is known to play the man blocking scheme where they block down hill . He not made for zone snd neither is LIving or Berny. They keep getting the wrong player s

      • cjwright

        Californy I think we owe it to Frederick and the coaching staff and the management to see what Frederick can do with pads on (maybe even in a year from now) before we pronounce that he is the “wrong player”.

        • cowboys_24_7_365

          Another good point CJ… We are so quick to say a player is or will be a bust… let’s give him a chance before the crucifiction takes place!

        • http://www.yourdailycowboysfootballfix.com/ CowgirlCas22

          cjwright Californy I saw enough tape against college competition to know he will get manhandled in the NFL. NTM he was the slowest C drafted in 20 yrs lol. Worst possible trait in a ZBS is slow feet,.

        • http://www.yourdailycowboysfootballfix.com/ CowgirlCas22

          cowboys_24_7_365  no one said complete bust: just a blown 1st round pick

        • cowboys_24_7_365

          I know all the evidence points in the direction of him failing as a first round pick and I love your player evaluations and your fiesty attitude when it comes to those evaluations! I know it’s not about Frederick but more about JJ so **** JJ and let’s give Frederick a chance!

        • Californy

          I was referring to the wrong player base on the scheme he is better at playing at.  He come from a man power scheme and he expected to play in the more mobile zone scheme.  He not a fit in this offensive scheme.

        • cjwright

          Californy CowgirlCas22 cowboys_24_7_365 I thought the biggest problem with Costa was that he often got overpowered and then pushed right into Romo. The video on Frederick says that one of his “strengths” is that he has a good anchor and doesn’t get bull-rusher backwards in to the QB.

        • cowboys_24_7_365

          I think Costa will be a better run blocker then pass protector. Unless he gained a lot of strength in the off season (doubt that because of his back issues) I still see him being pushed back into Romo. To me the most important job the center has is to keep pressure out of the QB’s face. Especially Romo’s face!

        • Californy

          The upper body strenghth is about avoiding the bull rush. He press 21 and the lower body strengh and quick feet are about the run game. He has. Slow feet. Fredrick v value is as. 5 rd pick

        • Football Mensa

          (Another good point CJ… We are so quick to say a player is or will be a bust… let’s give him a chance before the crucifiction takes place!)…how long did you say that about Al Johnson or Bobby Carpenter ?

        • Football Mensa

          Costa is nothing more than a blade of grass picking up the blitz.

        • cjwright

          Football Mensa I was never a fan of the Carpenter pick.

        • cowboys_24_7_365

          Football Mensa They got their chances… Never thought Carpenter should have been a 1st round pick!  He was one of Parcells very few bad choices! He was using the JG philosiphy of the RKOG because he coached his dad Rob! At least Johnson wasn’t a first rounder!

        • Football Mensa

          24 other than the Ware draft I thought Bill was abysmal at drafting. He picked Witten and had the 04 draft then pretty much average to well below average drafting. I was really dissapointed he missed on o linemen.
          Parcells should have never been hired imo. It was only so Jerry could get a new stadium.

        • cjwright

          Football Mensa That is an ‘unusual’ spin on the Parcells’ era in Dallas.

        • http://www.yourdailycowboysfootballfix.com/ CowgirlCas22

          cjwright Californy CowgirlCas22 cowboys_24_7_365 watch him against hankins, white and marro lol

        • http://www.yourdailycowboysfootballfix.com/ CowgirlCas22

          you are correct. Costa isn’t built for the MBS, I never liked Costa for that reason: the ZBS is designed for undersized and or weaker OL who are more athletic. It consists of assignments that are made up of double teams. It was originally designed by coach Rodriguez at WVU as a part of the Veer which is the most basic offense ever designed. The ZBS is very simple to learn. It is a system for players that don’t have the necessary skills to read stunts and blitzes or handle man to man assignments.

        • http://www.yourdailycowboysfootballfix.com/ CowgirlCas22

          cowboys_24_7_365  Run blocking is more about strength than pass blocking because they have to get push. Pass blocking is more about reading stunts and blitzes and a good anchor to fend off the bull rush. Run blocking requires a combination of good upper and lower body strength. In run blocking an OL needs a good initial punch to knock the defender back on his heels and then strong legs to push him out of the way so the RB has a lane. A pass blocker needs to be able to anchor well and have the upper body strength to meet the force of the pass rusher and push him off. If you watch Herman in the video he has enough upper body strength that when the defender comes at him he can just push him away. When people talked about LA they said he bench pressed his opponents. This is why I am so concerned about upper body strength for OL. If you look at the motion of the arms pushing a defender backwards it’s the same motion as if bench pressing standing up. They base it on reps as a means to measure endurance. The more reps means the more times he can pushh off before his arms get tired. The amount of weight determines how much power he has to his punch. Look at LA’s bench press of 700 lbs. He not only had the initial power, but could do a lot of reps of lower weights.

        • cowboys_24_7_365

          Have to agree that the Olineman choices were not so good! But like Cas said… the foundation of the team we have now was put in place by Parcells! I think he was one of the better talent evaluators ever for his time! Maybe the game has changed too much for him now but I would still take him over most as a personel guy.

        • cowboys_24_7_365

          Cas… this kind of response is EXACTLY why I read all your articles and comments and will continue to! Thanks!

        • http://www.yourdailycowboysfootballfix.com/ CowgirlCas22

          cowboys_24_7_365  your welcome and thank you 24. Being raised by a coach has helped me a lot when it comes to understanding what the qualifications for each position are.

        • cowboys_24_7_365

          Thanks Dad!!

    • http://www.yourdailycowboysfootballfix.com/ CowgirlCas22

      Erasmus lol brains and no braun! the guy is weak! JG likes weak ol that get no push in the run game and end up in Romos’ lap in the pass game. No One drafts a project in the 1st round and that’s exactly what you just described.

    • Football Mensa

      Arkin has a high football iq. He is coachable with a desire to improve. He puts in a lot of effort. He also isn’t very good.

      • cjwright

        Football Mensa lol. point taken.

        • Football Mensa

          jus sayin

  • cjwright

    The Cowboys could have picked Warford instead of Escobar in the 2nd round; Warfound didn’t get picked til the beginning of the 3rd. But the trade has to be evaluated in simple terms: would you rather have Frederick AND WR Terrance Williams or just Warford? I think it will take at least 2 seasons to fairly answer that question.

    • cowboys_24_7_365

      You are making an excellent point CJ…

      • cjwright

        cowboys_24_7_365 Thanks.

    • http://www.yourdailycowboysfootballfix.com/ CowgirlCas22

      cjwright what are you talking about? we could have had warford, fredierick ( who I wouldn’t have drafted period) and williams.

      • cjwright

        CowgirlCas22 I pointed out that they could have drafted Warford instead of Escobar, but that is an issue that doesn’t have much to do with the trade that resulted in Frederick and Williams.

        • cjwright

          CowgirlCas22 I thought you were saying they should have taken Warford instead of Frederick in the 1st – sorry if I misunderstood.

        • Football Mensa

          CJ never fight a losing battle. Dallas got hosed on the trade.

        • http://www.yourdailycowboysfootballfix.com/ CowgirlCas22

          cjwright CowgirlCas22 my point is I would have taken Warford over Frederick in the 1st round. I had Warford tied as the 2nd best OG in the draft on my big board.

    • Football Mensa

      I would prefer just Warford. Escobar and Williams = part time players. Warford = starter. Who makes the bigger impact ? = Warford.

  • gcarr1213

    I really disliked the draft big time. Williams, Webb, Randle, and maybe Wilcox will be the only ones that actually contribute. Frederick was not a first round guy in the least. When we traded down I was for sure the pick would be Warford, but then come to find out Warford was no where even on our big board at all which is pathetic. Romo will be on his back again this season because of stupid Jerry Jones. The Rams had the best offseason thus far. They got Jake Long and drafted Jones, while also taking my guy Alec Ogletree the best coverage linebacker in the draft and grabbing both VT WR. We will suck at the O line yet again and then Jones will wonder why things aren’t working out.

    • cjwright

      gcarr1213 I found the discovery that Warford “wasn’t even on their board” reassuring. I highly doubt they just missed him; if he was not on their board, they must have had a reason they didn’t want him, even in the late rounds. If there was something about this kid (who I know zero about) that was so bad that they didn’t want him even later, that is good enough for me.

      • http://www.yourdailycowboysfootballfix.com/ CowgirlCas22

        cjwright gcarr1213 lol bryan was pist!!! This team has only produced 5 starting OL via the draft in 19 yrs! That’s if you want to consider Free a starter lol. They just have no clue how to evaluate OL. If you think I am wrong talk to Romo lol. I seriously wonder if some of you even watch the games.

    • http://www.yourdailycowboysfootballfix.com/ CowgirlCas22

      gcarr1213  I had Ogletree in one of my mocks.

  • gcarr1213

    I hope Dallas will be able to get Jake Matthews, Taylor Lewan, Antonio Richardson, or Aaron Lynch in next year’s draft.

  • gcarr1213

    Warford is more athletic and stronger than Frederick and if you didn’t notice C was not the biggest problem on the line it was the G. The scouting department just whiffed on Warford.

    • http://www.yourdailycowboysfootballfix.com/ CowgirlCas22

      gcarr1213 it’s called nepotism. JG’s brother is one of the scouting directors. There are too many Garretts in Dallas. we got rid of one: 2 more to go

    • http://www.yourdailycowboysfootballfix.com/ CowgirlCas22

      The Garretts thought he wasn’t a good fit for a ZBS then drafted the slowest C to be taken in any round in 20 yrs: go figure lol

  • Californy

    I believe with player like Fredrick, Leary, Living and Berny we should be in the man power scheme that this more mobile Zone scheme.  I dont see Tyron as mobile as I would like him especially playing with the knee brace in this zone scheme.

  • Californy

    I just dont understand  why Cowboys getting these man power scheme player  to play in zone.  You would of though they will be filling in the need with player who come from a zone background.  BTW I like the man power scheme more than I do zone, at the 1990 Offensive line in Dallas.

  • EFG

    Please Larry Warford was passed by all the teams he was projected to go on the 2-3 rnd and that is where he went, there is no was that he was better then Frederick. 
    Frederick No. 1 Center — Warford No. 4 OG .
    This story on Warford is like the fish story, they are putting way to much cream on the Taco’s per say.
    Including the comment of the OL is much worse then last year. And JJ is once again the laughing stock, come on.

    • Football Mensa

      (Frederick No. 1 Center — Warford No. 4 OG . ) < This is funny. Warford is easily superior to Frederick.

      • Californy

        I dont see the comparisson since they play differnt position, that why I brought up Brian Schwenke, C, California , this way you can compair apple to apples.  I believe Warford will be a better NFL player despite the bad press he seem to be geeting from Detroit Camp. Men playing in shorts is not football, he a mauler and not known for his pass blocking.

      • cjwright

        Football Mensa Again, I barely watch college ball, so my understanding of all the prospects is second hand, but I thought it was generally agreed that Frederick was the best center in the draft. No?

      • http://www.yourdailycowboysfootballfix.com/ CowgirlCas22

        Football Mensa I had Warford tied as the 2nd best OG on my board

        • Football Mensa

          Yup. Cooper was far and away the best. The two War’s Mack and Ford were next.

    • http://www.yourdailycowboysfootballfix.com/ CowgirlCas22

      boysdeporvida how much tape tape did you watch on either player? keep in mind that
      carl nicks was a 3rd round pick. one day people will learn to watch tape
      and not read media projections.Also keep in mind that Jamarcus Russel was the #1 projected QB, Tom Brady went in the 6th round. Roget Staubach was a 10th round pick. BTW Barrett Jones won the Rimington award as the nations best center. How could frederick have been the best center? I have these kind of debates with people every year following the draft. The funny part is: there are more of my “The Guys No One Is Talking About ” starting in the NFL than JJ’s draft picks. In fact there are more of them even still on teams lol.

      • Football Mensa

        Barrett Jones fell because of a lis franc injury.

        • http://www.yourdailycowboysfootballfix.com/ CowgirlCas22

          Football Mensa ya and the value getting him in the mid rounds will pay off in spades if he fully recovers. Even with the injury, I would have taken him over frederick. He was also the top ranked OG at one time. The thing that makes Jones so valuable is his smarts and his versatility. Athletic enough to play tackle and powerful enough to play guard: what more could you ask for ina ZBS?

        • Football Mensa

          but Cas how many players can we afford to take with a previous injury ? Look at Lee and Carter. Is it worth the risk year after year ? It is exactly the reason I wouldn’t be in a rush to sign Lee to a long term deal until he proves he can play a full season. Lis fran injuries have ended careers. Besides he’s a gump and well he’s a gump. Nuff said.

        • http://www.yourdailycowboysfootballfix.com/ CowgirlCas22

          Football Mensa to get him in a later round is worth the risk! I would have never in a million yrs dropped a 1st on frederick. a 4th or 5th at best. Molk was a much better Center and SD got him in the 7th round last yr.

  • boysdeporvida

    I think Frederick will do fine. Just for comparison the 2012 Center Peter Konz spend the majority of  2012 season at OG before taking over at Center. If it take Frederick a similar amount of time that wont be to bad, as long as he start at either position would be an upgrade.

  • gcarr1213

    Aaron Lynch is a DE plays for Southern Cal. I believe he will be better than media star Jadeveon Clowney. Antonio Richardson is the OT for Tennessee at 6’6″ 335 lbs. Jake Matthews is better than former teammate Luke Joeckle who will play LT this year. Lewan is 6’8″ who held Clowney to nothing.

    • Football Mensa

      Uh Aaron Lynch plays for South Fla.

      • gcarr1213

        Football Mensa Ok thanks for correcting me on that one but atleast I know who he is. lol

  • Californy

    For me every  Good offenses play off of the run game and never the other way around.  Detroit had NFL 2rd best passing number in 2012 but only had 4 win on the season.  JG still doesnt get it when he thinks he will pass the boys into the play off while neglecting the run game and pass protection.

    • http://www.yourdailycowboysfootballfix.com/ CowgirlCas22

      Californy I agree: even though NE is considered a pass first offense, they can run when they need to. They were #1 in the NFL in rushing TD’s. Tom Brady just has to get them close. Romo has to try and do it all.

      • Californy

        SF uses the same belief system here.  Kapernick is not suppose to win the games, he has 50 more team mates to help him do that.  IN Dallas Romo has too much on his plate and the same with JG. Harbaugh and Bellichet both have OC on their teams.

  • cjwright
    • Football Mensa

      @cjwright……[email protected]….Yes I’m cajun , lol.

      • cjwright

        Football Mensa Cajun as in an ancestor of the settlers from Acadia?

        • Football Mensa

          France , Canada then southern Louisiana….I am from Morgan City La.

        • cjwright

          Football Mensa Interesting. My Mom’s family was part of the expulsion from Acadia, then they fled north again during the Revolution along with other ‘Loyalists’.

  • gcarr1213

    Barrett Jones and Warford were my top 2 rated G in the draft with Cooper being number 3. My dream scenario was getting both Cooper and Warford in rounds 1-2 respectively if not then Warford in the 2nd and Jones in the 4th but no.

    • http://www.yourdailycowboysfootballfix.com/ CowgirlCas22

      gcarr1213 I would have taken warford or jones over frederick

    • Football Mensa

      gcarr I like you but B Jones isn’t close to Cooper. Jones was good because he played with a stud group of players. Cooper carried his o line. I’m not saying he isn’t a good player but he isn’t close to Cooper.

      • gcarr1213

        Football Mensa Cooper is good but Jones played LT, OG, C while playing in the SEC. He was proficient at all positions and is an extreamly smart person. Cooper is good but in my opinion he isn’t as good as Jones.

        • gcarr1213

          Football Mensa That doesn’t mean much because both will be excellent lineman throughout their careers and both will be excellent and be the best at their positions. Jones went to a better team as well so his ability will be measured faster than Cooper.

        • Football Mensa

          Great. Jones played with 4 and 5 star o linemen. He is good but he can’t do what Cooper can. He doesn’t have near the mobility that Cooper has. He can’t pull like Cooper. And ya I watch some SEC.

        • http://www.yourdailycowboysfootballfix.com/ CowgirlCas22

          Football Mensa I think COOPER is more  athlete than football player: I graded Warford and Warmack higher. Cooper reminds of all the hype surrounding T. Smith about his athletic ability. I don’t want athletes on the OL I want maulers.

        • Football Mensa

          Coop and Warmack both put up 35 reps on the bench. Coop is 6lbs lighter. Coop is faster. Coop is a better technician. Don’t kid yourself. Bennie Logan smoked Warmack more than once. Warmack is a good player. Coop has more to offer.

  • gcarr1213

    Taylor 6’8″ 305-308 lbs. Has the frame to put on more weight. Great run blocker which is a plus with solid pass protecting skills. One of the meanest lineman in college. Known to play dirty and is a nitty gritty guy that rarely is seen by college referees. He played in a bad scheme in college where he wasn’t a good fit but had he come out this year he may have been in the discussion of the top OT drafted. At times his size is a disadvantage allowing lesser pass rushers to get under his pads and drive him back into the QB. He will get flagged a lot in the NFL if he doesn’t improve on his holding calls. But he just needs coaching he will be a top 10-15 pick in the 2014 draft.

  • gcarr1213

    Jake Matthews 6’5″ 308-312 lbs. Has great football ties to his hall of fame father and now football coach Bruce Matthews. He plays with a mean streak and is more of a technique blocker that uses his nastiness and strength to wear down opponents. He went up against the top competition in college and excelled on the right side of the line. He is more of a run blocker than a pass blocker but his pass protecting skills are above Lewan in that regard. He will now switch to LT after the departure of former teammate Luke Jockel where he should excel. He didn’t play LT in the SEC which could hurt him and while he possess strength it is only average with OT. He doesn’t have much room to gain weight. He has yet to reach his potential and should be the top OT taken in the 2014 draft.

  • gcarr1213

    Antonio Richardson OT 6’6″ 332 lbs. He is my type of lineman. He is big and nasty. He along with Lewan was one of the few players able to contain Clowney this past year. He possess amazing strength and is a mauler in the run game. He was part of one of the best O lines in college this past season at Tennessee. He is a great run blocker but his pass blocking is only average and should continue to grow in that area. He is the example of a potential player. He should start on the RT position to get him acquainted first but can also play LT if needed from the start.

    • Football Mensa

      I wrote about Richardson on another blog last October. people are now getting on board.

      • gcarr1213

        Football Mensa Well good for you because I only started looking at him after the draft and I like his size.

        • Football Mensa

          Hang in there gcarr I will learn ya about some players.

  • gcarr1213

    Aaron Lynch DE Southern Florida. 6’6″ 270 lbs. Clowney is regarded as the top pass rushing prospect in college football which has Lynch being overlooked. Lynch is a bigger player that gives full effort which is a plus over Clowney. When watching Clowney play he tends to give up if the play goes away from him but Lynch gives full effort every play. He has a quick first step and is a solid run stopper and is  perfect for the 4-3. He has a high motor to go with his desire to be a great player. The only concern I truly have is that he transferred from Notre Dame because he was homesick. This leads me to believe he will need to be drafted in the area of his family if not then he shouldn’t be drafted. Concerns aside he should be the next DE taken probably at 10-15 in the 2014 draft. He may not be a better prospect than Clowney as of right now but I believe he will be better in the long run.

  • gcarr1213

    Titans will improve they got Levitre OG, Brian Schwenke OC, Chance Warmack OG, Michael Roos OT, and Stewart OT who will probably all start. The Titans obviously have a lot of problems other than O line but they know how to build a team atleast. Chris Johnson will be in the top 3 in rushing yards this year just wait and see.

    • gcarr1213

      Warmack alone isn’t impressive but with the other guys that are play with him will make him a lot better.

    • http://www.yourdailycowboysfootballfix.com/ CowgirlCas22

      gcarr1213 I wish JJ would take notes on how to address an OL

  • Californy

    I like what N.O. did during the 206 to 2008 draft with the selection of their 3 pro Bowl Player in Jermon Bushrod in 2007, draft 4th rd pick, Jahri Evans in the 4th in 2006, and Carl Nick in 2008 in the 5th rd.  Carl Nicks was the only guy who pressed for more than 22, and he pressed 31.  All these players ran no faster than 5.20 in the 40.  You saw Nicks real value when he left NO last year, he had a rookie on pace for 2500 yards before he got injured

  • Wade Miller

    Frederick may not have been who I wanted to draft, but i’m sure rooting for him to be good

    • gcarr1213

      Wade Miller I will root for all Cowboys players but he isn’t worth the pick and never will be. That doesn’t mean that he won’t be solid and that doesn’t mean he won’t be great but his tape doesn’t show that.

    • http://www.yourdailycowboysfootballfix.com/ CowgirlCas22

      Wade Miller I have no choice to root for the players, but I will root much harder for a new GM!

  • Californy

    I believe the real key to getting good Offensive lineman is scheme they are playing in and the support sysrem they have in the NFL in suceeding.  If you look at many of the pro Bowl player and many high price FA, many were not even taken in the first rd. Barrett Jones will suceed not my himself but by having good player around them, that what Carl Nicks did and now he doing well in TB because now team mates are leaning on him for support. It really isnt about the 40 time or Bench presses it about putting the player in position to make plays.  When it all said and done I have preference for player who can hold their own streghth wise at the line of scrimmage, because these player give you more option than those who are not strong enough.

  • boysdeporvida

    Lets see here we go with Larry Warford top 3 again. No 1 Chance Warmack,  No 2 Jonathan Cooper,  No. 3 Kyle Long. My question is how is Larry Warford top 3 and passed by every team in the NFL?

    • http://www.yourdailycowboysfootballfix.com/ CowgirlCas22

      boysdeporvida cuz too many teams forgot about football and fall in love with athletes. Here we go again with: how much tape did you watch on any of them? I don’t care where a guy gets drafted, I care what he does on the field. Herman should have been in the conversation at the top of the draft, but he went to the wrong school, probably had the wrong agent and a team like the NYG who have had the least sacked QB in the NFL for the last 2 years got him in the 7th round. Every year ‘FOOTBALL” players get passed over by guys who looked great in gym shorts at the combine. Those  guys get drafted early and the later round guys end up with better careers. .

    • Football Mensa

      @boysdeporvida Tom Brady was picked in the 6th round. Jason Witten was a third rounder. So are you saying NFL gm’s don’t make mistakes ?…hmmm

  • boysdeporvida

    Heck yea the Cowboys OL is going to be better with Frederick this year.

  • gcarr1213

    You want nasty well Lewan is probably the nastiest guy in NCAA football along with Cyril Richardson. Lewan pulled at Clowney’s hair all day long while also holding him as well. He will need to work a little more on that because that is a flag in the NFL. But remember Erik Williams who poked Reggie White in the eye and gave him an occasional club to the head. One of the all time great D lineman was reduced to a body bag when going up against Erik Williams. Had Williams not gotten in an accident he would probably be in the Hall by now.