I started digging in on some Travis Frederick games, and while I’ll have more on him as a player in the next few days, one positive thing that stands out is that he won’t be bullied by big, powerful interior defensive linemen. He may be beaten by some of the quicker interior linemen in the NFL, but he won’t be rag-dolled. That was a major problem in the past for previously projected starting center Phil Costa.
Costa has had good games and bad, but there’s one aspect of his game that probably just isn’t ever going to be fixable, and that’s his ability (or lack thereof) to anchor against bigger, stronger defensive linemen. Against those bigger guys, like the Vince Wilfork types, he was simply outmatched, and often looked like the offensive linemen when you “picked the right play” against the offense in Tecmo Bowl.
Speaking of Wilfork, I remember one game back in 2011 against the Patriots in which Costa had a terrible game. I went back to take a look, and it was worse than I remembered. I think the still shots will tell the story:
Note the line of scrimmage and how much ground Costa has given up here:
Driven into the backfield on a run play:
Shoved to the ground by Wilfork with one arm:
Pushed into the backfield on a run play:
Whiff on blitzing linebacker on run play:
Bull rushed 7 yards back into Romo’s lap on his follow through:
Completely spun around an trying to block like he’s boxing out for a rebound in basketball:
Driven 6 yards back on pass play:
Whiff on run play:
Travis Frederick won’t be bullied like this, although not many players collecting paychecks in the NFL are. The first round pick on Frederick was overkill, but at the very least, he’ll be better than Phil Costa.