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The Cowboys managed to find a few possible role players after their first-round selection of Travis Frederick on Thursday. In light of the fact that I was on a fishing trip all weekend and did not post regular updates, here are some trivial facts about the selections from the first three rounds.
1. Center Travis Frederick, Wisconsin
The Cowboys have selected 20 centers in their history, but the team has only taken two in the first round: Frederick and Robert Shaw (1979). Shaw suffered through injuries and only lasted three years in the league.
Of these centers, only Mark Stepnoski made the Pro Bowl. Andre Gurode was also a Pro Bowl center, but he was originally drafted as a guard.
Below is a list of the centers (not including Gurode) drafted in the first five rounds of previous drafts.
2. Tight End Gavin Escobar, San Diego State
The Cowboys have taken 31 tight ends in previous drafts. With the selection of Gavin Escobar in the second round this year, the Cowboys have now selected a tight in the second round of the past eight drafts. The other two were Anthony Fasano and Martellus Bennett, neither of whom made much of a mark in Dallas.
Escobar is the third player from San Diego State to be selected by the Cowboys. The other two were receivers named Duke Ferguson and Robert West, but neither ever played a down for the Cowboys.
3a. Wide Receiver Terrance Williams, Baylor
After avoiding receivers for many drafts during the 2000s, the Cowboys used a pick to take a receiver for the fifth consecutive draft. Terrance Williams joins a recent list that includes Manuel Johnson, Dez Bryant, Dwayne Harris, and Danny Coale.
In their history, the Cowboys have used picks in the first three rounds of a draft 18 times. Among the four taken in the third round were Butch Johnson and Tony Hill.
The other two, though, were Duke Ferguson (there’s that name again) and Stepfret Williams.
Despite being only 90 miles south of Dallas, few Baylor players have joined the Cowboys. Dallas has only drafted Baylor player four previous times: G Kelvin Garmon (1999), DB Ron Francis (1987), G Bob Crenshaw (1964), and LB Sonny Davis (1961).
3b. Safety J.J. Wilcox, Georgia Southern
Total number of players drafted from Georgia Southern in NFL history: Eight.
Most famous of these players: kicker Rob Bironas.
Other notable player: Adrian Peterson. Just not that Adrian Peterson (Bears, 2002-2009).
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The VitalsNFL Team: Dallas CowboysPick Number: 31Player Name: Travis FrederickPosition: CenterSchool: WisconsinHeight/Weight: 6’ 4” 312 lbsThe FitWith the 31st pick they selected Wisconsin C Travis Frederick. I was thrilled with the pick for a few reasons. They addressed an area of need. They added a 3rd round pick. They also killed two birds with one stone. Frederick can play...
The Dallas Cowboys spent the weekend making a series of questionable draft picks.
However, there is one name that can pan out and make a big time splash.
The Cowboys found true value in Oklahoma State running back Joseph Randle in the fifth round.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is speaking out on the team’s running back situation.
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The Dallas Cowboys made some surprise picks in this years draft for sure. Everyone thought Defense was the going to rule the board but it was the opposite for the Dallas Cowboys. I am a Cowboy fan and the 31st pick gave them flexibility they didn’t have last year and as I have discussed before also gets them younger at skilled positions. What a great choice to have Whitten help...
While watching a recent Dallas Cowboys pre-draft press conference, a record was surely set. With less than a minute’s rambling Dallas Coach Jason Garrett managed to dash any realistic hopes that Cowboy nation held for seeing significant team improvement through the NFL draft. “By nature, if you draft too much for need your team probably by definition gets worse,” Coach Garrett told...
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As a huge fan of the Dallas Cowboys, I have learned to take the good with the bad.The good old years are behind us (way behind), and we as fans are waiting to see what lies ahead.Using our current seasons as retrospect as preview, folks it has not been good. What NOW?Here we are in the 2013 NFL Draft, and Jerry Jones is at it again.Mr Jerry Jones owner/general manager of the Dallas...
Owner Jerry Jones feels the Dallas Cowboys need quality depth at running back, and that DeMarco Murray can’t shoulder the load alone.
The team needs to find a few runners who can take the burden off Murray, whose durability comes into question at times.
The team drafted in the fifth round running back Joseph Randle out of Oklahoma State.
The two other backs on the roster...
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones told the Dallas Morning News that fullback Lawrence Vickers underwent back surgery this past Friday.
Jones said the surgery will limit Vickers this off-season, however.
“He is going to be fine,” Jones said. “It is not a concern.”
Vickers, who turns 30 on May 8, is under contract for $1.2 million in 2013. Jones was asked if he should pay...
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The Cowboys draft B.W. Webb, CB, William & Mary with the #114 of the 4th round. Depth was a need and adding Webb gives us another guy to fill in the departed Mike Jenkins.
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Jones will tell you he has always been the General Manager of the team, from day one. In a sense, that is true. But Johnson revealed in 2012 that he and Jones had a contractual agreement that he would have the...
The Cowboys draft LB DeVonte Holloman, South Carolina #185 in the 6th round. This is the last pick for the Cowboys, they do not have a 7th round pick this year.
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One of the most controversial selections in the 2013 NFL draft was the Dallas Cowboys drafting center Travis Frederick at 31. Jerry Jones is already being compared to the NFL’s new Al Davis, but I understand the pick. Every fan or analyst that says they could have drafted Frederick in the latter rounds might be right, but they might also be wrong. After Eric Fisher, Luke Joeckel...
The Cowboys took a beating with the Travis Frederick pick, but after thinking about it and with some reasoning the tone has calmed a bit; however, today’s pick in the 2nd round with TE Gavin Escobar had fans boiling over with anger on several levels. Let’s look closer at the guys we drafted today and what their roles will be in the 2013 season.
TE Gavin Escobar, San Diego State...