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Cowboys take Wisconsin center Travis Frederick at No. 31

Joel Stave, Travis Frederick

Wisconsin quarterback Joel Stave takes the snap from offensive linesman Travis Frederick during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Purdue in West Lafayette, Ind., Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012. Wisconsin defeated Purdue 38-14. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)


With a brand new contract for Tony Romo in the books, the Dallas Cowboys are making an effort to help protect the cornerstone of their franchise.

After trading down from the 18th pick earlier in the first round, the Cowboys took Wisconsin center Travis Frederick with the 31st overall pick. The Cowboys also re-signed Phil Costa to a two-year deal earlier this offseason. The addition of Frederick will likely push Costa to the guard position. Dallas needed to upgrade the interior of their offensive line and Frederick addresses the problem.

Frederick is the first center to be selected in the first round since Mike Pouncey was taken by the Miami Dolphins out of Florida in the 2011 Draft.