Cowboys first round draft pick center Travis Frederick is determined to justify the Jerry Jones’ faith in him, Tom Orsborn of San Antonio Express-News reports.
Many draft analysts projected Frederick to go in the second round or possibly even the third, but that didn’t stop the Cowboys from trading down 13 picks to select him 31st overall.
In swapping first-round picks with San Francisco, Dallas also acquired an additional third-round pick, which it used to select Baylor wide receiver Terrance Williams.
But according to traditional draft trade-value charts, the Cowboys should have received more from the 49ers. The selection of Frederick filled a need for Dallas, but critics said it would have been better off staying at No. 18 and taking a more heralded prospect at a position of need such as Florida defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd or LSU safety Eric Reid.
Asked if he was aware of the criticism Jones has received for selecting him, Frederick deadpanned, “Obviously, I think they made the right choice.”
So is there more pressure on him because of the controversy?
“No, not for me,” Frederick said. “I just take my game as my game and don’t worry about what other people think or what other people are saying.”
Frederick, who can also play guard, even embraces Jones touting him as the “foundation” of the line. While some rookies might view such a comment as a heavy burden, Frederick called it a “great vote of confidence.”
“I believe I’m a very good player and that I can do that,” said Frederick, 22. “It boosts my confidence.”