As they typically do when players retire, the Green Bay Packers already have a backup plan in place at center. Evan Dietrich-Smith, a six-game starter in 2012, is slated to take over for Jeff Saturday in the pivot. Still, putting a lot of faith in an inexperienced player for a full-time position may not be the wisest move; as such, the Packers are expected to target center competition at some point in the 2013 NFL Draft.
|55. Green Bay Packers||Travis Frederick, Wisconsin||C||6'4"||312||JR|
Tex Western: "Need and value match up here in the second round for the Packers. After drafting Tyler Eifert in the first, the focus needed to turn to the trenches, and we debated Frederick or John Jenkins here for a while. Ultimately, Frederick is the selection, at least partly because of a more urgent need in the interior of the offensive line than at nose tackle.
"Frederick can come in and compete with Evan Dietrich-Smith for the starting center job from day one. Then whichever one doesn't earn the job can be a solid backup at any of the three interior line positions, which currently have very little depth behind the starters. Frederick may not be an ideal fit in a zone-blocking scheme like the one the Packers tend to run, but we are confident that his intelligence, strength, and technique would make him a highly effective starter for the Packers."
Here's our own Dan Kadar to break down the pick:
Frederick is somewhat of an odd choice for the Packers. It does fill a need. But Wisconsin interior linemen have generally been immobile power blockers. That includes players like John Moffitt, Kevin Zeitler and, to a lesser degree, Peter Konz. Frederick comes out of the Wisconsin program with similar questions about his movement skills. A player like Brian Schwenke of California would be an optimal fit and likely available in the third round.
|39||Jamie Collins||LB||Southern Miss||6'3"||250|
|40||Gavin Escobar *||TE||San Diego State||6'6"||254|
|51||Justin Hunter *||WR||Tennessee||6'4"||196|
|1||26||Green Bay Packers||Tyler Eifert||TE||Notre Dame|
|2||55||Green Bay Packers||Travis Frederick||C||Wisconsin|