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 casaraful3@yahoo.com, and you can follow her on Twitter @CowgirlCas22
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      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

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

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      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. .

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