Must improve pass protection against speed rushers
Needs to improve knee bend, pad level
Not great at pulling
Doesn't fit a zone-blocking system
Summary: The Wisconsin Badgers have developed a reputation for having a dominant offensive line over the past decade and longer. They sent a number of players into the NFL draft who have been taken in all levels. Frederick is the latest interior linemen who looks like a future starter at the next level.
As a sophomore, Frederick was one of the Badgers' most valuable linemen. He was a tremendous run-blocker, paving the way for running back Montee Ball. Frederick, Peter Konz and Kevin Zeitler were a dynamic interior that destroyed defenders at the point of attack. Frederick did a decent job in pass protection, but was aided by mobile quarterback Russell Wilson and his ability to escape pressure.
Frederick moved to center to replace Konz this past year. He wasn't as dominant at center as he was at guard in 2011. The Badgers were struggling to run the ball early in the season, but heated up going against weak Big Ten competition. Frederick struggled against Penn State defensive tackle Jordan Hill and didn't do well against Stanford.
There is no doubt that Frederick's best skill is his run blocking. Frederick is a road-grading guard like Zeitler who can push around defensive linemen. He is a good drive blocker who can open holes at the point of attack. Frederick had a disappointing Combine as he ran slowly, did poorly in the field drills and had a low total on the bench press (21 reps).
Frederick's biggest weakness comes in pass protection with speed-rushing defensive tackles. He will have to get better at handling them in the NFL. He may not win a starting position as rookie in training camp because of this, but in time he should improve his pass protection where he can at least be reliable.
Frederick could play guard or center in the NFL. He may be better at guard, but he dropped weight from his frame to play in the middle. Frederick's best fit for the NFL comes in a man-blocking scheme. He doesn't have the quickness and mobility that zone-blocking teams require.
As the draft's consensus top-rated center, Frederick is likely to go on the second day of the draft and could go as high as the second round.
Player Comparison: John Moffitt. There are a lot of similarities to the style of play from Frederick and Moffitt. Obviously, they have the same experience in Wisconsin's running game, but they are comparable athletes. Moffitt (6-4, 319) is nearly identical in size to Frederick. Both are limited athletically. They don't beat defensive tackles with movement skills or quickness. They win on power at the point of attack. After being a third-round pick in 2011, Moffitt is a starter at guard for Seattle, and Frederick should become a starter at guard or center. Frederick should also be a second-day pick.
NFL Matches: Tennessee, Dallas, New York Giants, Chicago, Cincinnati, New England
Frederick could be an option for a lot of teams on the second day of the draft, especially if some zone-blocking teams like Green Bay and Atlanta feel that he fits their system.
Even after signing Andy Levitre, the Titans could continue to bolster the interior of their offensive line with Frederick. Tennessee needs more than just Levitre to improve its front.
Dallas had one of the worst interior offensive lines in the NFL last year. Frederick would make a lot of sense for them in the second round.
Aside from left tackle, the Giants have an old offensive line that needs an injection of young talent. Frederick would fit New York's blocking scheme and could play guard or center in the long term.
Chicago needs to continue to improve its offensive line. The Bears need help at guard especially. They could target Frederick with their second-round pick.
The Bengals need a center for the long term. They selected Frederick's friend Kevin Zeitler in the first round last year. Frederick and Zeitler could provide a tough interior rushing attack for Cincinnati.
New England needs to add youth to its offensive line. Frederick could be in play for the Patriots.