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2020 NFL Draft: 5 Potential Travis Frederick Replacements for the Dallas Cowboys

was completely caught off earlier this week when unexpectedly announced his from the . Dallas , including myself, had absolutely zero idea Frederick was even considering hanging up his cleats. But if we would've been paying closer attention we probably should have.

After battling back from an autoimmune disease that wiped out his , Frederick returned to the Cowboy starting lineup and even earned another trip to the . Throughout the year though he admitted on a number of occasions he wasn't playing to the level he expected from himself. It must've weighed more heavily on him then we realized, because it's now a large reason why he's decided to call it a career.

With Frederick gone, the Cowboys now have to figure out who will anchor their in 2020. The most logical choices are , who filled in for him in 2018, and , last year's third-round draft pick out of Penn State. is believed to be able to play all five positions on the offensive line as well, so Dallas at least has options currently on the roster.

Today though, I thought we take a look at a handful of prospects in the 2020 the could target to replace Travis Frederick. For better understanding of where they may get drafted, I've included where each player is ranked in 's and CBSSports overall .

Cesar Ruiz, Michigan (6'3″, 307)

Rank: Draft Network (38) CBSSports (67)

started 31 games at Michigan, 26 of those were playing at and five at . He is considered by most as the top center prospect in this year's draft class, although Draft Network and CBSSports disagree a bit on this. He has an impressive blend of size, power, mobility, and technique, but unfortunately he's probably a reach to take it 17 and likely won't still be on the board at 51 for the Dallas Cowboys.

Lloyd Cushenberry III, LSU (6'3″, 313)

Rank: Draft Network (39) CBSSports (60)

Lloyd Cushenberry III saw limited action as a redshirt freshman, but started 13 games at center as a redshirt sophomore and quickly became one of the leaders of the team. He even earned the right to where the illustrious No. 18 jersey, which is pretty impressive considering who some of his teammates were. He started all 15 games last year and helped lead LSU to the National Championship. He's arguably the most athletically gifted center in this year's draft class.

Matt Hennessey, Temple (6'4″, 307)

Rank: Draft Network (64) CBSSports (90)

Matt Hennessey doesn't have the same kind of name recognition as Cesar Ruiz or Lloyd Cushenberry, but he's just as talented as either one in my . He started at center for Temple the last three seasons and earned the prestigious single-digit practice jersey given to the toughest player. He's arguably the most technically-refined center and plays with good mobility and football IQ. He's probably a better fit in a zone blocking scheme and should be an immediate starter in the NFL.

Nick Harris, Washington (6'1″, 302)

Rank: Draft Network (95) CBSSports (74)

Nick Harris has started over 40 games at both center and guard, but projects best as a center in the NFL. He's extremely athletic and thrives when he's asked to pull and block in space. He's not overly physical as a run blocker, but he's technically sound enough to get the job done. He might be a scheme-specific prospect for a zone blocking team, which might not make him the best fit for the Dallas Cowboys who use both the zone and man blocking scheme.

Tyler Biadasz, Washington (6'4″, 314)

Rank: Draft Network (121) CBSSports (70)

is one of the biggest center prospects in this year's draft class, but he's also the most inconsistent on this list. His earlier tape shows a player who plays with good functional mobility and technique, but he seemed to regress quite a bit in 2019. If he can recapture his earlier form he could become an immediate starter in the NFL. He is however schemed diverse and based on his high ceiling he's worth a mid-round selection.

Brian Martin
Brian Martin
Level C2/C3 quadriplegic. College graduate with a bachelors degree in sports and health sciences-concentration sports management. Sports enthusiast. Dallas Cowboys fanatic. Lover of life with a glass half-full point of view.

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