For you adventure seekers who will attempt to ride along with the Dallas Cowboys for Thursday, Friday and Saturday, heres my recommended game plan:Buckle up tight. No texting, and certainly no sexting. Keep your eyes planted on the road, and be ready to duck. Jerry is our driver. When it comes to the NFL Draft, Jerry could roll a tank.Speaking of Jerry: Another strong recommendation when it comes to the draft is to watch his ears. Yes, I said ears.Its always important to know whose lips are attached the most firmly to Jerrys ears. As theyve been saying at Valley Ranch for years, its extremely vital to be the last person to talk to Jerry. Thats the last football voice he remembers.Speaking of those lips, Jason Garrett is an offensive guy who works as head coach. Red J, however, has demonstrated in the last two drafts hes an equal opportunity voice for picking guys on both sides of the ball.The running joke with Wade Phillips was he strongly sided with his defensive coordinator when the head coach was asked for draft recommendations.Garrett has had a major say in the last two drafts, and, yes, theyve been good (2011) and potentially good (2012). Starting Thursday, however, Garrett may not be the lips of choice when it comes to Jerrys ears.Obviously, Jerry will be intrigued by the voices of the new people.Monte Kiffin, thats you. Rob Marinelli, thats you.As Valley Ranchs just-arrived co-defensive gurus, those are the sexy lips for this draft. Plus, the change over to the 4-3 scheme will give them more voice power in this draft.But the good news for the next three days is the Cowboys cannot-go-wrong. I will repeat. Cannot-Go-Wrong.The positional needs are that many. Id take fullback out of it, of course, and maybe linebacker. Otherwise, the Cowboys can hone in on any position and be right.One disclaimer, however.No matter the position, this draft must produce guys who can actually play. Sorry, I had to get tricky with you. But I must be honest.Next: The names to look for, starting Thursday. Some more tricky stuff is involved.The Cowboys have the 18th pick this evening.If they stay at 18, or if they trade down, the following names are the guys to look for, and some of them may hold over for the second round. If theres a trade up , then all bets are off.Frankly, a trade up would be welcome. A trade up would reach into an area of premier talent, and when it comes to the first round, this particular draft is rated light on true first-round talent.For now, however, we will stick with staying at 18 or trading down.If the Cowboys can land any of the following, they will be happy, according to my main man, The Man Who Watches Film.• Offensive line (the major area of need), Chance Warmack, the guard from Alabama. But its only 50/50 he will still be on the board at 18.• Running Back, Eddie Lacy, Bama. There hasnt been much mention of the Cowboys taking a running back in the first round, but dont rule it out, particularly if theres a trade down.• Tight end, Tyler Eifert, Notre Dame. Too good to pass up in the first round, but he might be gone by 18.• Wide receiver, Cordarrelle Patterson, Tennessee. Yes, I like the first name. No, its not likely the Cowboys will go wideout, but if theres a trade down, keep an eye on Cordarrelle.• Quarterback, Tyler Wilson, Arkansas. Hes not for the first round, and probably not the second. But the Cowboys damn sure better draft a quarterback, and this is a tough, tough kid, with talent, who is a third-round possibility.• Defensive end, Tank Carradine, Florida State. Had some injury issues but reportedly is now healthy. He is a strong possibility if theres a trade down.• Defensive tackle, Sylvester Williams, North Carolina. More of a trade down possibility than at 18.• Safety, Kenny Vaccaro, Texas, or Eric Reid, LSU. Big need at safety, and these two are probably rated even on Cowboys board. Both, however, are more trade down possibilities.OK, those are the names who are likely (not certain in some cases) to be available at 18.Id tend to look at the defensive players for the Cowboys first-round pick for reasons previously stated.But according to The Man Who Watches Film, the only true top 20 talents among this group are Warmack and Eifert. Both are offensive players. And if the Cowboys could have their pick of any of these names, it would be Warmack.Again, the Cowboys cannot-go-wrong no matter the pick, provided the guy can actually play.Otherwise, buckle up tight and be ready for a wild Jerry ride. No texting and no sexting allowed, and watch Jerrys ears. Randy Galloway can be heard 3-6 p.m. weekdays on Galloway & Co. on ESPN/103.3 FM.
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