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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