Six of the first 11 picks in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft, on Thursday, were offensive linemen. Nine of the first 32 were offensive linemen, and this group includes Cowboys’ first rounder, Wisconsin center Travis Frederick.
“I think the whole thing started up in the front of the draft,” Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett said, per the Dallas Morning News. “Five of the first ten picks are offensive linemen, which is unprecedented. Two guards go in the top 10, unprecedented. Whenever that happens, when there is a run at a position, the rest of it slides up so it doesn’t surprise you what follows after that.
“It was just an interesting year. Quarterbacks weren’t taken that high, the skilled players that usually go high weren’t taken. That’s just the nature of the draft. You have to be responsive to that to a certain extent.
“We certainly felt that as we were grading our players and putting our board together, that that was not an unlikely scenario but you always want to see it play out.”
Dallas has taken plenty of guff for their selection of Frederick, but according to the Morning News, the team had him No. 22 on their big board and got him at 31.
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