Advanced scouting: Travis Frederick

March, 17, 2013
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Travis FrederickMike McGinnis/Getty ImagesTravis Frederick started all 13 games at center his senior year at Wisconsin.
To help preview who might be on the Dallas Cowboys' board for the NFL draft, ESPNDallas.com has identified five players at five key positions that we’d like to learn more about. Along those lines, we’ve asked former Cowboys assistant coach Glenn “Stretch” Smith – the official scout of Galloway & Company – to study tape of each player and give his thoughts.

No. 5 offensive lineman: Travis Frederick


Position: Center

Height/weight: 6-foot-4, 330 pounds

School: Wisconsin

Why he's on the radar: Despite signing Phil Costa to a new contract and restructuring Ryan Cook's deal, the play from the Cowboys' centers was average in 2012. Costa and Cook dealt with health problems last season and that can't happen again if the Cowboys expect some consistency along the interior of the line.

Projection: Second round

Stretch Truths: Started all 13 games at center his senior year and played at guard some as a junior. ... Lacks good balance and feet and is top-heavy. He gets yanked out of his chair when trying to pass protect (sit and anchor). ... While playing guard as a junior, lacked feet to get to the second-level block. That concerns me as a center. ... Doesn't show power in his lower body. ... Not real strong with his punch in pass protection.
Calvin Watkins joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He's covered the Cowboys since 2006 and also has covered colleges, boxing and high school sports.

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