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April 25, 2013

Frederick keeps streak alive

The Dallas Cowboys selected former Wisconsin center Travis Frederick in the first round of the NFL draft, taking him with the 31st overall pick.

Dallas originally held the 18th overall pick, but traded it to San Francisco for their 1st and 3rd round picks.

Frederick elected to forgo his final season of eligibility at Wisconsin and declared for the NFL draft in early January.

He was originally expected to be a mid-round pick, but the Cowboys decided to address a serious need on their offensive line after trading down.

Frederick is the first and only Big Ten player to be taken in the first round of the NFL draft, and continues a special streak for the Badgers. The Badgers have now had at least one player selected in the first round of the NFL draft in each of the last three years.

Defensive end J.J. Watt and offensive tackle Gabe Carimi were taken with the 11th and 29th picks during the 2011 NFL Draft by Houston and Chicago, and offensive guard Kevin Zeitler was selected with the 27th pick by Cincinnati in the 2012 NFL draft.

Frederick is also the third Wisconsin offensive lineman in the last three years to be selected in the first round. The Cowboys also selected former Wisconsin lineman Bill Nagy in the seventh round of the 2011 NFL draft.

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