Wednesday, January 8, 2014
Frederick, Williams earn Kiper honors
By Todd Archer
IRVING, Texas -- Dallas Cowboys center Travis Frederick is likely to get a number of All-Rookie honors in the offseason, including the team picked by ESPN Insider Mel Kiper Jr .
Frederick started every game and played every offensive snap as a rookie, cementing the interior of the Cowboys' offensive line.
Here’s what Kiper had to say about Frederick’s season: “Filled a big need, provided a consistent push in the run game, and figures to hold down this gig for a long time.”
When the Cowboys picked Frederick at No. 31 in the first round after trading down from No. 18 in a deal with San Francisco, Kiper was not a big fan of the pick.
In his post-draft grades last April, Kiper wrote, “I was a little critical of the first-round pick, just because the Cowboys drafted a player I thought they could have taken at least 30 spots later. Travis Frederick was my 87th-ranked player. And yet they should get credit because he'll be a starter at a position where they were a total mess in 2013.”
Many were critical of the Frederick selection with some teams saying they had a fourth-round grade on Frederick. Given the way he played, the Cowboys should get more than some credit for the trade down because it also netted them wide receiver Terrance Williams in the third round in addition to Frederick.
Williams was also named to Kiper’s All-Rookie team, one of three receivers with Keenan Allen of the San Diego Chargers (his offensive rookie of the year) and DeAndre Hopkins of the Houston Texans. Williams finished his rookie season with 44 catches for 736 yards and five touchdowns.
In ranking the top 30 rookies, Kiper had Frederick at No. 11 and Williams at No. 28.