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In his 2013 draft do-over,'s Chad Reuter has the Colts taking center Travis Frederick instead of Bjoern Werner.

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There has been plenty of talk recently about teams picking up fifth year options for 2013 draft picks, since the deadline is approaching.  For the Indianapolis Colts there's no discussion to be had, since the Colts waived Bjoern Werner earlier this offseason.

It's clear that pick was a bust, and if the Colts got the chance to do it over they certainly wouldn't take Werner again.  But who would they take?  That's what's Chad Reuter looked at recently in his 2013 draft do-over, looking at who each team would take if the 2013 draft was held today.  For the Colts at pick number 23 overall, Reuter has them taking center Travis Frederick.

Frederick was originally drafted by the Dallas Cowboys 31st overall in 2013 out of Wisconsin, and he has quickly turned into one of the best centers in football.  He was named to the NFL's All-Rookie Team by the PFWA in 2013, and he since has made two consecutive Pro Bowl appearances and been a two-time second-team All-Pro.  He has started all 48 games for the Cowboys since being drafted, not missing a game and helping to anchor the league's best offensive line.  At just 25 years old, he figures to be a centerpiece of the Cowboys' line for years to come.

The Colts have a big need at center this offseason and could very well look to the draft this year to address the position, so it makes perfect sense for them to take Travis Frederick in this 2013 re-draft.  It doesn't mean anything in terms of on-field implications for the Colts, but it's a fun offseason exercise to look at.  The 2013 draft was a very rough one overall for a number of teams, including the Indianapolis Colts, but Travis Frederick has turned out very well.  If the Colts had taken him instead of Bjoern Werner at the time, Indy's offensive line would certainly look better today than it does.