Jerry Jones is aware of the criticism the Dallas Cowboys are receiving for drafting offensive lineman Travis Frederick with the 31st overall pick on Thursday.
The Cowboys owner and general manager has heard the critics say that his team could’ve possibly landed the draft’s top center with their second-round pick.
But after the draft had concluded Saturday night, Jones explained that he wasn’t willing to take the risk of Frederick not being available in the second or third round.
“I’ll gamble with the best of them, I really will,” Jones said. “And I’ll sit there and wait them out and catch him in the top of the third. But I wasn’t taking any risk here. We got a starter and we got the best center. And that’s what he’s going to be.”
Had the Cowboys not traded out of the No. 18 pick, they might have selected Syracuse offensive lineman Justin Pugh, who was drafted by the New York Giants at No. 19.
“We thought a lot of Pugh,” Jones said. “Pugh’s a different player, more finesse. Strength was an issue.”
Pugh was regarded as an offensive tackle by some teams but the Cowboys had him categorized as a guard.
According to NFL.com, “Pugh is a seasoned starter at offensive tackle with very good movement skills. However, he lacks adequate arm length and size to stick at offensive tackle going forward. His best fit will likely be as an offensive guard in a zone-blocking scheme.”