Photo of Travis Frederick
Drafted By: Cowboys
  • Round 1
  • Pick 31
  • Overall 31

Combine Results

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

Draft Analysis:

"This is a kid who is a typical Wisconsin offensive lineman. He's tough and takes great angles, but I had a third-round grade on him, and I think it's a little bit of a reach at this point." -- Mike Mayock

  • 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 (second to USC's 10), including Atlanta's 2012 second-round pick, Peter Konz. Scouts will appreciate Frederick's 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 after graduating early from 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, but an ankle injury took him out of the lineup until he was needed again to step in for injured veterans at left guard for the final two games. Frederick redshirted 2010 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.

Analysis

Strengths

Thick-bodied interior lineman with experience at guard and center. Possesses upper body strength to turn his man out of the hole. 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 backward 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 outquicked 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.
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Grade Title Draft (Round) Description
96-100 Future Hall of Famer Top Pick A once-in-a-generation type prospect who could change how his position is played
85-95 Immediate Starter 1st An impact player with the ability/intangibles to become a Pro Bowl player. Expect to start immediately except in a unique situation (i.e. behind a veteran starter).
70-84 Eventual Starter 2nd-3rd A quality player who will contribute to the team early on and is expected to develop into a starter. A reliable player who brings value to the position.
50-69 Draftable Player 4th-7th A prospect with the ability to make team as a backup/role player. Needs to be a special teams contributor at applicable positions. Players in the high range of this category might have long-term potential.
20-49 Free Agent UDFA A player with solid measurables, intangibles, college achievements, or a developing skill that warrants an opportunity in an NFL camp. In the right situation, he could earn a place on a 53-man roster, but most likely will be a practice squad player or a camp body.

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