Jeremiah Ratliff #96 of the Chicago Bears rushes against Travis Frederick #72 of the Dallas Cowboys at Soldier Field on December 9, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears defeated the Cowboys 45-28.
When the Dallas Cowboys drafted Travis Frederick in the first round of the 2013 NFL draft, they caught a lot of grief for the decision after trading down to No. 31 from No. 18 to take the offensive line, who was graded by many to be a second- or even third-round pick.
Turns out, the Cowboys actually made a good draft day call for once, as Frederick won a starting job in training camp (as if he wasn't going to) and put together a fine rookie season as the Cowboys' center. The rookie from Wisconsin, who was said to be one of the strongest, yet slowest, offensive linemen in the draft, played every offensive snap for the Cowboys in 2013 and committed just three penalties on the year.
He was rewarded on Tuesday as he was named to the Pro Football Writers of America All-Rookie Team, following up three Cowboys who were named to the 2011 in Dan Bailey, Tyron Smith and DeMarco Murray, who along with guys like Sean Lee have provided a nice, young base of talent in Dallas to build around.
Now, the key question is, can Jerry & Co. actually do it successfully?