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Yeah, boy! The schedule is finally coming out. Set your clock for 1 o’clock this afternoon.

On Wednesday at 1 p.m. Eastern, everything about the 2007 NFL schedule will be revealed. The schedule release day is becoming more and more like an unofficial holiday every spring. ESPN and The NFL Network each have two-hour specials. Fans have opportunities to study their schedule and map out their falls, particularly if they plan to travel to a few road games of their favorite teams.

Todd McShay jumps on the Bowe Bandwagon in his latest mock draft.

22. Dallas (9-7)

Projected pick: Dwayne Bowe, WR, LSU
Needs: CB, WR, OT, DE, PK, C, S, NT, ILB, OLB
The Cowboys would have to consider a cornerback like Aaron Ross or offensive tackle Joe Staley, but Bowe is a better prospect at another position of need. The 6-foot-2, 222-pound wideout displays the size, agility and playmaking skills to develop into a quality starter at the next level. As a rookie in 2007, Bowe could serve as an excellent third option behind aging veterans Terrell Owens and Terry Glenn.

Even if we drafted Bowe, he, or any other receiver, would have to battle Crayton for the 3rd receiver option. I’m not opposed to a WR, but with the draft so deep at the position I might wait before I pounced, because no one other than Calvin Johnson seems like a sure thing.

Patrick Crayton did some Q&A with Tom Orsborn.

How's life without Bill Parcells?

It hasn't been long enough. If you catch me in June — no, make that July during the middle of training camp — and ask me how my body feels, I can tell you how life without Bill Parcells is.

How's life with Wade Phillips?

I like Coach Phillips. He brings a different atmosphere to the team. It's just so laid back. We can get our job done without someone constantly looking over our backs.

You get the feeling that while the players respected Bill Parcells, they were constantly in fear of him. Sometimes that works for a team, but in the end it didn’t work for the Cowboys. We’ll have to see how the laid-back approach works.