Photo of Travis Frederick
Grade
78.7 ?
  • 5.58 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 21 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 28.5 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 97.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.81 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.76 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 6'4" Height
  • 33" Arm Length
  • 312LBS. Weight
  • 10" Hands

Overview

The Badgers have become a pipeline for NFL offensive linemen, seeing 14 of their big boys up front selected since the 2000 draft –- the most of any school in the country over that time period. Nine of those 14 were top 100 picks (which is second behind USC’s 10), including Atlanta’s latest second-round pick, Peter Konz. Frederick is scheduled to play at center as a junior, but scouts will appreciate his versatility -– much like Atlanta did with Konz, who moved from center to guard for the Falcons as a rookie.



Frederick, a two-time all-Wisconsin pick as a high school offensive and defensive lineman, made an instant impact on campus after graduating early from tiny Big Foot High School to take part in 2009 spring practices. He became the first true freshman to start a season-opener for the Badgers when veterans John Moffitt and Bill Nagy (both NFL draft picks in 2011) sat out due to injury. The next week he started again in the pivot, but an ankle injury took him out of the line-up until he was needed again to step in for injured veterans at left guard for the final two games of the year. Frederick redshirted the 2010 season because of the team’s depth on the line before getting his chance as a full-time starter as a sophomore, garnering second-team All-Big Ten (11 at left guard, two at center). In 2012, Frederick started all 13 games at center and was named first-team All-Big Ten by the media.

Analysis

Strengths

Thick-bodied interior lineman with experience at guard and center. Possesses upper body strength to turn his man out of the hole, help one guard in pass pro with one hand. Gets his hands up quickly after the snap, keeps them inside. Also moves his feet well to get angles, combo from tackle to linebacker. Churns his legs as a drive-blocker, gets movement. Anchor is strong, does not get bulled backwards when man-up and late blitzers bounce off his chest. Works hard to sustain and finish one-on-one blocks. Regularly used on the move whether at guard or center, fits on blocks well whether stepping up to the second level or outside the hashes. Shotgun snaps are reliable with good velocity.

Weaknesses

Girth in the middle takes away some quickness behind the line, takes time to get around the tackle and gets tripped up in traffic when on the move. Gets out-quicked by interior blitzers and occasionally stops his feet in pass protection. Can lose his balance when leaning into his man, though he recovers well enough to get back in the play.

NFL Comparison

David Bass

Bottom Line

The Badgers’ streak of providing the NFL with top interior line prospects should continue with Frederick because he uses his toughness and thick body, in addition to excellent technique and flashes of foot quickness, to move defenders whether at guard or center –where he played during the 2012 season and probable NFL spot. A top-75 selection is likely.
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Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.
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