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Saturday, April 27, 2013
Cowboys' early picks are "Romo friendly"

By Todd Archer

IRVING, Texas – Since coining the term, “Romo friendly,” Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones has had a funny way of showing that friendliness.

That’s changed in this offseason, and perhaps it has to do with the six-year extension Romo signed last month.

If the Cowboys’ first three picks are any indication, then Jones has taken a “Romo friendly” approach.

Quibble with what they got in return from San Francisco, but the Cowboys were able to address the interior of the offensive line with Travis Frederick with the 31st overall pick. Frederick will come in as a starter

“What he really is, is a foundation there in the middle that when we have him and (Tyron) Smith on the outside, we can fill in the blanks as we go along over the next few years, if he is the player we expect him to be there,” Jones said. “We needed that face. Romo called and said, ‘Thank you for my extra half second.’ That is going to mean more to us than anything I can say.”

Second-round tight end Gavin Escobar has to represent a significant shift in offensive philosophy. The Cowboys will be a heavy two-tight end team, but they say it will look differently than the ones they ran with previous second rounders Anthony Fasano and Martellus Bennett.

Escobar gives the Cowboys options, potentially down in the red zone, even if he is not a strong blocker at the moment.

Wide receiver Terrance Williams, the third-round pick gained in the San Francisco trade, is a potential big-play receiver. With the uncertain health of Miles Austin and Dez Bryant the last two years, the Cowboys needed to have a suitable outside receiver if their top-two receivers miss multiple weeks.

Williams caught 97 passes for 1,832 yards and 12 touchdowns at Baylor last season.

“I think he is a mature player,” coach Jason Garrett said. “He plays with poise, he understands how to run routes, and he’s very good at making contested catches. One of the big jumps for a lot of young receivers in the NFL is the physical nature of the game. Often times in college there is some space out there. You are going to get contested by corners in the National Football League. The size and strength that you need to go along with the quickness and speed is critical. Getting off a press and making contested plays at the top of the route. He has demonstrated all of that.”