(Hey folks. Though I have been reading BTB daily for a few years now, this is my first time actually writing anything, so hopefully this is the right way to do this. Please let me know in the comments or otherwise if there is a preferable way of posting this information.)
I was surprised not to see any chatter about Mel Kiper's All-Rookie team here on BTB, which was posted a few days ago. Regardless of anyone's individual opinions of the guy, he is nevertheless the most recognized authority on collegiate scouting and the NFL draft, so it's always at least interesting to hear his opinion. The full list requires an insider account, which I don't have, so finding it takes some creative googling, but I have found that both Travis Frederick and Terrance Williams have been selected by him. Frederick is the only Center listed and came in at #11 overall for rookies (he was the second highest ranked offensive lineman, behind Detroit Guard Larry Warford at #10). Williams made the squad as the #3 WR (though technically Cordarrelle Patterson ranked ahead of him as a KR/WR on the overall list) and was ranked #28 overall. Considering we snagged him in the third round (seventh WR taken), this pick continues to look like our best value.
Interestingly, Eric Reid (whom many thought we would take in the first round before we traded back for Frederick and the third-rounder that would be used on Williams) was beat out by Tyrann Mathieu. Obviously that isn't to say Reid is a bust by any stretch of the imagination. On the contrary, Reid has had a very impressive rookie season, but I nevertheless found his absence from the list noteworthy. Considering the much improved O-Line with the addition of Frederick, and William's play (combined with how easy it is to cut Austin now), it's hard to call the trade back a poor decision.
Below are the (very brief) write-ups Kiper provided for our two 'Boys:
"C Travis Frederick, Dallas: Filled a big need, provided a consistent push in the run game, and figures to hold down this gig for a long time."
"WR Terrance Williams, Dallas: Played a bigger role in the offense as he picked things up, and finished with 44 catches and 736 yards. Big-play talent."