Friday, April 18, 2014
Reviewing the Cowboys' drafts: 2013
By Todd Archer
IRVING, Texas – We conclude the reviewing the Dallas Cowboys' last five drafts today with the Class of 2013.
If you want our thoughts on the 2009-12 drafts, click here for 2009, here for 2010, here for 2011 and here for 2012.
First-round pick: Travis Frederick (No. 31 overall)
Number of picks: 7
How they did: The Cowboys moved down from No. 18 to No. 31 in a trade with the San Francisco 49ers despite having their fifth rated player on their draft board available in Sharrif Floyd. It was a strange move at the time, especially with many believing Frederick was a third- or fourth-round pick. The Cowboys picked up the 49ers' third-round selection and took wide receiver Terrance Williams.
The formula might have been flawed but the results were good because Frederick played like a veteran from his first day and Williams made big plays and will be counted as a starter in 2014. They saw contributions from Gavin Escobar, J.J. Wilcox, Joseph Randle and DeVonte Holloman to varying levels. Escobar, Wilcox and Holloman could all see starting-type roles in 2014.
Pivotal pick: Escobar (No. 47 overall). The Cowboys were set to renew their commitment to a two-tight end personnel group and Escobar was supposed to pair up with Jason Witten. The Cowboys knew he would need help as a blocker, but counted on his receiving skills to set him apart. He was not given a ton of playing time with James Hanna, a sixth-rounder in 2012, taking the bulk of the No. 2 tight end snaps. Escobar finished with nine catches for 134 yards and two touchdowns and showed flashes of athleticism, but questions remain just as they did on other former second-round picks the Cowboys used on tight ends in Anthony Fasano (2006) and Martellus Bennett (2008).
Best pick: The Cowboys were nearly wiped out of ready-made linemen when they got to Frederick. They had eyes on Justin Pugh and Kyle Long, but they went at Nos. 19 and 20 after they made the trade. Frederick eased any fears with a terrific rookie season. He rarely made mental mistakes and was strong at the point of attack throughout. The Cowboys worked him some in training camp at guard, but center was his best position. He is smart and can communicate well. He has the look of a 10-year starter at the position.
Worst pick: B.W. Webb (No. 114 overall). He might have the physical tools but the jump from William & Mary to the NFL was too big for him last year. When the Cowboys lost Morris Claiborne to hamstring injuries, Webb was asked to fill in on the slot and struggled. He was given one-on-one instruction in practice and never got comfortable. He eventually lost his playing time to Sterling Moore and needs to improve greatly in 2014.