The Dallas Cowboys’ 2013 Draft Class was a little better than ESPN’s Mel Kiper initially thought.
Kiper published his 2013 draft re-grades this week, and bumped the Cowboys from a C-plus, their initial grade following the draft last April, to a B. Kiper was one of the many experts to criticize Dallas for taking center Travis Frederick with the 31st pick of the first round, not because he wasn’t a fan of the Wisconsin product, but because he believed the team could’ve nabbed him in Round 2.
“At the time, I was critical not just of the fact that they didn’t get enough pick value in return for trading down but that, after moving down, they added a player in [Travis] Frederick I felt they could have gotten in Round 2 (still believe that),” Kiper writes, via the Dallas Morning News. “That said, Frederick was very good and turned what had been a revolving door position into a spot of stability. You can’t say Dallas didn’t improve appreciably at a need position there.”
Kiper also had praise for 2nd round pick Gavin Escobar, 3rd round pick Terrance Williams and 5th round pick Joseph Randle, saying each of these three have considerable upsides.
However, that the Cowboys had seven picks and left the draft without a defensive lineman still has Kiper scratching his head.
“Overall, the draft looks better today,” Kiper said. “It’s just still hard for me to believe a defensive lineman wasn’t a part of the haul, given the age of that group.”
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