Considering that he spent much of the 2012 season running for his life behind a porous offensive line, it’s not surprising that Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo was glad to see the team target the interior of that offensive line with their first round pick, landing Wisconsin center/guard Travis Frederick at No. 31.
“I think he’s the best player in this draft at his position,” Romo said of Frederick, per the Dallas Morning News.
That pick has been criticized a good deal in the days since it was announced by Roger Goodell, but whether that criticism is really warranted remains up for debate. Dallas pretty much had to come out of the first round with a lineman that could start immediately and they got one in Frederick, even though he was projected to go a little later.
Jones certainly has no regrets about making the Wisconsin product his top pick or trading down from No. 18 to No. 31.
“We had to have him,” Jones said. “I’ll gamble with the best of them. I really will. And you guys know it. I’ll sit there and wait ‘em out and catch them in the top of the third. It’s no secret--all you’ve got to do is be watching anything you want to watch around here or be reading anything you want to read and you can really see where he generally was expected to go. I’ll take a risk with all of them. I wasn’t taking any risk here.”
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