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Cowboys Draft: Dallas “Loves” Michigan Center Cesar Ruiz

Cowboys Nation was taken by surprise a few weeks ago, when All Pro caliber center Travis Frederick decided to call it a career. While they’ve invested a large amount of resources into their offensive line over the last decade, a Frederick-sized hole at center is a big one to fill.

With the free agency rush just about over, the Cowboys could be looking towards the draft to find a plug-and-play replacement for Frederick this season. If they’re going to find a center better than their current options, though (namely Joe Looney and Connor McGovern), you’ll likely have to draft him during the first two rounds.

Peter King of NBC Sports is reporting that the Cowboys “love” Michigan’s Cesar Ruiz, though they believe 17 is too high to draft him.

“They love the Michigan center (Cesar Ruiz), and they could trade down a few spots and still be sure of getting him.”

Ruiz is the best center in this draft class, but that’s not enough to warrant using a first round pick on him. The Cowboys have real holes at defensive end and in their secondary, holes which need to be filled early on in this draft class if they’re going to help the 2020 roster.

Now, trading down and gaining more picks would obviously let the Cowboys acquire more players at different positions (duh), so this would be an excellent strategy if Ruiz really is their “guy” in round one.

Remember – the way the Cowboys drafted their future Pro Bowl center Travis Frederick was by trading down and shocking the world during the first round of the NFL Draft.

What do you think?

Kevin Brady

Written by Kevin Brady

Die-hard Cowboys fan from the Northeast, so you know I am here to defend the 'boys whenever necessary. Began writing for a WordPress Cowboys Blog, and have been with ITS since 2016.

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  1. Me, personally don’t think that Travis Frederick will stay retired. He is going to give his body, a year or two, to fully recover. Cowboys, still own his rights, so he isn’t going anywhere else. I believe McGovern will fill in, but Joe Looney is the insurance policy, if he struggles. Cowboys
    should not pick Ruiz in the first round. Peter King is making an hypothesis, rather than reporting facts.

  2. Why would the Cowboys telegraph their intention on Ruiz. Also there is no guarantee that if they “draft down” he will be there for them. I think it is better to go with a CB or DE in 1st, and then if Ruiz is there in 2nd, fine, grab him. If he is not, then take the All American and Rimington Award Winner as best Center in college football, Tyler Biadasz, out of Wisconsin (sound familiar). BTW, Tyler is great in the POWER RUNNING GAME!

  3. I don’t like that at all!! We have way too many other needs right now!! I kinda agree with VAM except for drafting a DE in the 1st round!! I think we should trade down but only to draft a safety or a corner!! Preferably a safety…. Preferably Xavier Mckinney!! And then get a corner in the 2nd round!! Tyler Biadasz will be there in the 3rd or 4th round!! So we can get Xavier Mckinney in the 1st round get the best corner available in the 2nd round, and we need a slot receiver too so we can get one in the 3rd round and with our other 3rd round pick we get from trading down we can use it to get Tyler!! We don’t need a DE as bad as everybody else thinks!! We have 5 or 6 now and that’s not including Aldon Smith or Randy Gregory!! With those 2 we have 7 or 8 on our team!! Surely out of all of them there will be at least one of them that can handle the right end!! Right now the biggest needs for us are safety corner and slot receiver and possibly center!! But even that I believe Joe Looney can handle!!

  4. Would this work?
    Trade 1st Rd Pick (17) and 2021 3rd Rd Pick to Baltimore for the 28th, 55th, and 106th Picks

    1st DE/LB Zack Baun
    2nd C Cesar Ruiz
    2nd CB Cameron Dantzler
    3rd DT Rashard Lawrence
    3rd DE Kenny Willekes
    4th CB/S Shyheim Carter
    5th WR K.J. Hill
    5th S Josh Metellus
    7th P Brandon Mann

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