IRVING, Texas (AP) -- Jerry Jones flubbed the initial explanation of a first-round draft move that puzzled analysts and angered fans.
The Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager made it sound better a day later, when the team's draft performance got stronger reviews.
Now the question is whether Wisconsin center Travis Frederick will play a big part in giving quarterback Tony Romo an "extra half second" -- part of Jones' rationale for trading down and grabbing a lineman not really considered a first-rounder.
If Frederick fails, Jones will add to an already substantial list of bad drafts that help explain why the Cowboys have a .500 record and one playoff win since 1996.
"We needed and were going to get us a foundation for our offensive line," Jones said. "We were concerned with going with another pick at another position there and still staying in play to get the last of the Mohicans' that can do this for us, and that was Frederick.
"Romo called and said, Thank you for my extra...