The Dallas Cowboys have completed the signing of their first round draft pick Travis Frederick. 

Frederick, who was the 31st overall pick of the 2013 NFL Draft, has signed a four-year contract with a team option for a fifth year.

The center will be expected to provide protection for $108m quarterback Tony Romo, who has often been criticised for struggling in pressure situations. 

Reports suggest that Frederick will receive a $3.38m signing bonus. 

This is well down on of last year's most expensive picks - running back David Wilson - who the New York Giants handed just under $7m after selecting him as the 32nd overall draft choice. 

Frederick was widely viewed as one of the biggest reaches in this year's draft. Several teams reportedly had late-round grades on the Wisconsin center, and the Cowboys' leaked draft board even revealed a second-round grade.

On a positive note, Frederick ran with the first-team offense all season. Although he's technically competing with Phil Costa, all signs point toward the rookie starting from day one.

Widely compared with New York Jets' All-Pro Nick Mangold, the Cowboys will hope they have found a player capable of joining left tackle Tyron Smith as an anchor of their offensive line.   

 

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