April 25, 2013
MADISON, Wis. -- The cliche is that good things come to those who wait. For Travis Frederick, the wait lasted more than three and a half hours on Thursday night in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft. But he finally heard NFL commisioner Roger Goodell call his name when the Dallas Cowboys selected Frederick with the 31st pick.
"I didn't really expect to be drafted in the first round. Really thought I was more of a second round kind of guy," Frederick said in a radio interview with 105.3 The Fan in Dallas. "The Cowboys, when they traded down, I thought that might be an option for me."
Frederick started 31 games in his career for the Badgers, including all 14 last year at center. He was named a first-team All-American by Pro Football Weekly and was also a first-team All-Big Ten choice by the media.
Wisconsin has had at least one player taken in the first round of the NFL draft in each of the last three seasons. The only other schools in the country that can make that claim are Alabama, LSU, North Carolina and Texas A&M. The Badgers were the only Big Ten school to have a first-round pick this season and UW's 12 first-round selections in the 2000s are second-most among Big Ten teams.
Frederick is also the sixth Badger offensive lineman to be drafted in the last three years. Tackle Gabe Carimi (1st round) and guards John Moffitt (3rd round) and Bill Nagy (7th round) were chosen in 2011. Guard Kevin Zeitler went to Cincinnati in the first round last year while center Peter Konz was chosen in the second round by Atlanta.
The second and thrid rounds of the 2013 NFL Draft are scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. CT.