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Old 04-14-2009, 04:25 AM   #251
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With pick 5-166 The Dallas Cowboys select

Brandon Tate WR North Carolina



Overview
Tate was just starting to come into his own as a wide receiver in 2008 when he suffered two torn ligaments in his right knee vs. Notre Dame, missing the final seven contests of his career. Before being sidelined, he established an NCAA combined kick return yardage record (3,523 yards) and was 304 yards shy of the NCAA record for kickoff return yardage set by Jeff Liggon of Tulane (2,992 yards, 1993-96), as the Tar Heel generated 2,688 yards.



Tate needed just 165 punt return yards to become the 11th player in NCAA history



with 1,000 yards on both kickoff and punt returns (835 punt return yards). The Atlantic Coast Conference's all-time kick returner holds the school single-season and career records for kicks returned for touchdowns (three in 2006, six for his career). He is one of only nine players in NCAA history to return a kickoff and a punt for a touchdown in the same game (Duke, 2006).



At Cummings High school, Tate earned All-Area honors from the Burlington Times-News. He was a member of the Greensboro News & Record All-Area team and also earned All-Conference accolades, helping the team to the state finals as a junior and the semifinals as a senior.



In his final campaign, Tate had 66 receptions for 1,213 yards and 18 touchdowns in 15 games. He also returned kicks and played defensive back. In 2003, he pulled down 22 catches for 496 yards (22.5 avg) and eight touchdowns. He lettered three times in football, adding three more in basketball. As the team's shooting guard, he led the Cummings High hoops squad to the state title during his junior season.



Tate enrolled at North Carolina in 2005, where he was one of seven true freshmen to letter. He was used strictly on special teams, ranking second in the Atlantic Coast Conference with a 25.81-yard average on 21 kickoff returns that included one touchdown. He also ranked third in the league with 29 punt returns for 267 yards (9.21 avg), as he led the Tar Heels with 809 all-purpose yards.



As a sophomore, Tate continued to perform mostly on special teams. He did manage to get some action with the offense, catching five passes for 72 yards (14.4 avg) and gaining 20 yards on three carries. He ranked second in the conference with a 9.7-yard average on 20 punt returns that included one touchdown. He also returned 38 kickoffs for 902 yards (23.7 avg) and two scores, as his total of three kicks returned for touchdowns and two scores vs. Duke set school records. His 1,188 all-purpose yards led the squad and ranked sixth in the ACC.



Tate shared flanker duties with Brooks Foster in 2007, but started all 12 games. He piled up 1,765 all-purpose yards, leading the conference with an average of 147.08 yards per game. He tallied 939 yards on 39 kickoff returns (24.08 avg, fourth in the ACC), 216 yards and a score on 23 punt returns (9.39 avg) and 131 yards on 12 carries that included another touchdown. He also placed third on the team with a career-high 25 receptions for 479 yards (19.2 avg) and five touchdowns, earning All-ACC honorable mention.



As a senior, Tate was again named All-ACC honorable mention, as he snatched 16 passes for 376 yards (23.5 avg) and three touchdowns, adding 143 yards and a score on 11 reverses (13.0 avg). He also scored once on seven punt returns, averaging 22.6 yards per attempt while posting 305 yards on 11 kickoff returns (27.7 avg). Despite missing the final seven games, he ranked second on the team with 982 all-purpose yards, and if he had qualified (did not have the minimum touches) his average of 163.67 all-purpose yards per game would have ranked 11th in the nation and lead the ACC.



The injury brought a close to his career, but he was highly regarded by the staff. "The good news is that he will be back, and he will recover from this. I shared with him that two of the best receivers that I ever had the opportunity to be around as a coach both had equally significantly damaging injuries," head coach Butch Davis said, on the injury to Tate, referring to his experiences with former Miami stars Michael Irvin and Reggie Wayne.

Analysis
Positives: Long, lean build. Good quickness, size and hand strength to get off the line of scrimmage against press coverage. Emerging route-runner with the quick feet and balance to ultimately be quite good in this area. More quick than fast, though he has good acceleration. Elusive in the open field and has the vision to set up his blocks and break into the open field. Soft hands. Good body control and flexibility to contort his body for the poorly thrown pass. Can extend to make the diving grab. Good height and long arms and uses the combination well to high-point passes over smaller cornerbacks. Excellent returner with NFL ability for punt and kickoff returns.



Negatives: Torn ACL and MCL in October means he won't be able to answer questions about his straight-line speed until after the draft. Primarily a return specialist until flashing as a receiver as a senior. A bit raw as a route-runner. Relies on his athletic ability in this area, rather than precise footwork. Lets too many passes get into his pads.

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51 Patrick Chung, S, Oregon
69 Louis Murphy, WR, Florida
101 Sherrod Martin, CB/S Troy
117 Sammie Lee Hill, NT, Stillman
156 Frantz Joseph, ILB, Florida Atlantic
166 Brandon Tate WR/KR UNC
172 Stephen McGee QB Texas A&M



Selection made at 7-25am ET, Arizona and the Rev are OTC

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Old 04-14-2009, 08:42 AM   #252
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Oh this is bull****. I wrote out a huge thing on my pick, and when I posted it, our work server went down and I lost it. So whatever, I'm picking:

AQ Shipley, PSU, C/IOL
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With the 168th and 169th pick, the Steelers select Quinn Johnson, FB, Texas, and Rulan Davis, DE, California.
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Lee Robinson, LB, 6'2", 249, Alcorn State

An ultra-productive linebacker who finally made the All-SWAC team as a senior (first team), collecting 111 tackles, 10.5 for loss, 3.5 sacks, three interceptions and three forced fumbles. The four-year starter had 223 tackles (33.5 for loss) coming into the season, so he was no one-year wonder. NFL defensive coordinators who use 3-4 scheme principles may view him as a potential starter at rush linebacker.

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With their 5th round selection (171st overall) in the OM Mock Draft II, the San Francisco 49ers select:

DE / OLB David Veikune, Hawaii



Overview

Veikune, not Hawaii's offense, drew scouts to the islands last season. He put himself on the draft radar with six tackles, one for loss, against Florida the first week of the season. The second-team All-WAC pick (2007 first-team) finished with 73 tackles, 16.5 for loss, nine sacks and four forced fumbles. Veikune may not look like a track star at the Combine, but he certainly earned scouts' respect with his strength, hustle and determination.

Analysis
Positives: High-motor power defensive end. Hustles down the line and chases down the field. Sheds blocks using strong, violent hands when he's fresh. Uses his stout frame to split double-teams and move to the ball while engaged. Has the explosiveness to get the edge by dropping his shoulder or using an over-arm move. Stands up on some plays and is able to contain bootlegs or cover backs or receivers in the flat on zone blitzes. Also lines up inside in passing situations to use his relative quickness against guards.

Negatives: Not likely to out-quick NFL tackles to get an immediate pass rush off the edge. A bit shorter than scouts prefer, although he can get his hands up to deflect passes. Will get engulfed by larger tackles as he wears down. Has an inside spin move, but needs to be more consistent maintaining his balance to finish. Lacks elite athleticism needed to handle speedy backs and receivers on the outside.

2007 Season
Appeared in all 13 games and made one start at defensive end selected to first-team all-WAC recorded seven sacks and 8.5 tackles for loss ranked third in the WAC and 68th nationally, averaging .54 sacks per game totaled 34 tackles, one quarterback hurry and one safety had five tackles at UNLV and Nevada two sacks against Charleston Southern academic all-WAC.

2006 Season
Played in all 14 games off the bench and on special teams recorded a pair of tackles in both the UNLV (Sept. 16) and Eastern Illinois (Sept. 30) games academic all-WAC.

Junior College
Played at Fresno City College for one season after attending Colorado his first season Lettered in football at FCC and was a honorable mention all-conference selection.

High School
A 2004 graduate of Campbell High School in Ewa Beach, O`ahu earned three letters in football and one each in baseball and track was an all-star and all-state pick.

Personal
Born Dec. 1, 1985, in Anchorage, Alaska Plans to major in art Has one younger sister Parents are Sheila and Oma Veikune of Wahiawa, O`ahu.



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With 5-172 the Dallas Cowboys select

Stephen McGee QB Texas A&M



STRENGTHS

I had not seen this kid for a while and then in the East West Shrine game, it all came back to me. He is intelligent, has an excellent arm, good athleticism and great leadership skills. This kid was born to be a QB. He showed me in that game that he can make all the throws and he is a lot bigger in size than when I remember him a few years back. He still has a lot to learn, but that goes for any QB in this draft. Stephen has all the talent and intangibles to be an impact QB for the team that drafts him.



NEEDS TO IMPROVE

I'd like to see him play from the pocket more, read defense better, look off his prime receiver and move in the pocket as he moves the safety around down field. He is a bit of a runner right now and that will have to change at the next level. Of course, we all know all of those improvements are needed for all QB's coming out in a draft. Right now, Stephen does throw the ball up too much; however, in the NFL, that's what you have to do and you expect your WR to go and get it. There is a lot of gun slinger in this kid, but you could see in the Shrine Bowl that if he has some strong coaching, there is some excellent talent to work with.



TALENT BOARD ROUND 2

I know Stephen will not be drafted as high as I have suggested and that just means that if you want a good developmental QB, then look for Stephen on Rob's Board to see what round he will be drafted in. I suspect that when he works out at the combine, Stephen might open up some teams' eyes. Stephen could sneak into the first round because he has as much talent as Brady Quinn did when he came out in the draft. As I said before, this is the kid you want to watch on Rob's board. This is a sleeper QB. He has the talent and the leadership skills to be very productive at the next level. So look for the team smart enough to draft him because he will be their starting QB in two or three years. He has the same kind of talent and way about him that Steve Young (former QB 49ers) had when he played. It will be very interesting to watch where Stephen is drafted...very interesting indeed! I didn't forget about you Stephen, but I bet others have.


Dallas Cowboys picks

51 Patrick Chung, S, Oregon
69 Louis Murphy, WR, Florida
101 Sherrod Martin, CB/S Troy
117 Sammie Lee Hill, NT, Stillman
156 Frantz Joseph, ILB, Florida Atlantic
166 Brandon Tate WR/KR UNC
172 Stephen McGee QB Texas A&M


Selection made at 7-19am ET, Lycan and the Titans are OTC.
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With the 173rd pick in the draft the Tennessee Titans Select: Edwin Williams, C, Maryland.




The Pick was made at 2:50 PM EST. The Detroit Lions are on the clock.
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Old 04-15-2009, 12:40 PM   #258
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We will be going to 6 hours per selection for the last two rounds. Please do your best to hurry this along so we get this done before the draft.
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(Jumping the gun a tiny bit, but I'll risk it just to move things along...)

With the 175th pick in the Sixth Round, that Kanzis Sch!tty CHefs select:
Brandon Gibson
WR - Washington State


His senior year was a disappointment because the team/quarterbacks were so awful,
but he caught 67 balls for 1180 yards and 9 TDs as a junior. This four-year Wazoo
starter holds all career recieving records for the Cougars, and although he lacks
breakaway speed, he has excellent hands and runs great routes ... projects as an
ideal possession reciever in the NFL.




I hate to say it, but me and the chefs are KILLING in this mock!

1. Aaron Curry OLB - Wake Forest - The #1 best-bet impact player in the draft
2. Robert Ayers DE - Tennessee - Solid Mike Rucker-type, a born 3-4 strongside DE
3. Shonn Green RB - Iowa - Touchdown maker and a winner ... Bye-bye LJ
4. Mike Mickens CB - Cincy - Odd he was even there, he's going in 2nd/3rd rounds in other mocks
5. Travis Beckum TE - Wisconsin - Fast, pass-catching TE, poor man's Scheffler ...Bye-bye TG
6. Brandon Gibson WR - Wash St - All-Time Wazoo records, great routes, soft hands, complements Bowe
7. George Hypolite DT - Colorado - Quick pass-rushing DT in college - quick, pass-rushing 3-4 DE in NFL


3 of these first 4 have been going in Round 1 in numerous mocks (some have Robert Ayers going to us at #18), and Mike Mickens is a 2nd-3rd rounder in every single mock. Plus I predicted the new chefs regime would 'off' Tony Gonzales when I chose Beckum, and 4 days later TG 'offed' himself by cleaning out his locker.

If the chefs actually draft this identical class ... I will be P!SSED OFF! This is TOO GOOD a class for them
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Let's try and keep order here. We've have two people jump over someone without reason the last few rounds. Please wait for your turn.
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In the 6th round, third pick...the Rams select...DE Will Davis of Illinois





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He does have excellent speed and has shown good instincts in coverage this year. That may lead many scouts to view him as a 3-4 rush linebacker or simply a third down, pass rush specialist. This may hurt his stock because he lacks experience at the position. He has the talent of a first day pick, but will likely have to wait until the fifth or sixth round to hear his name called.
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I hate to say it, but me and the chefs are KILLING in this mock!
These two picks pretty much made me sick to my stomach.

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2. Robert Ayers DE - Tennessee - Solid Mike Rucker-type, a born 3-4 strongside DE
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These two picks pretty much made me sick to my stomach.

Bob, delete that post please and go to the discussion thread: http://www.orangemane.com/BB/showthr...=1#post2384292
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SoCalorado PM'd me his pick.

The Seattle Seahawks select.

Defensive tackle Jake Visser, Ferris State.


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The Bengals select:

Pannel Egboh, DE, Stanford

Height: 6-53/4 | Weight: 276 | 40-Time: 4.90

Strengths:
Terrific height and bulk...Long arms and huge hands...Very strong...Is stout at the point of attack...Holds up well versus the run...Able to get off blocks...Nice range...Smart...Good awareness...Lots of experience.

Weaknesses:
Does not have great speed or quickness and lacks a burst...Won't offer much as a pass rusher...Sub par hand use...Inconsistent leverage...Was not overly productive...Questionable toughness...Durability concerns.

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Name is pronounced "Puh-nell Egg-bow"...Didn't play football as a high school junior in order to focus on academics...Played in 4 games (1 start) as a redshirt freshman in 2005 before his season was ended by a broken leg...Started every game in 2006 and 2007, leading Cardinal defensive linemen in tackles both seasons...Started 10 games in 2008 but missed time with a knee injury...Definitely has some physical tools that catch your eye, most notably that rare size...Profiles as either a left defensive end in a 4-3 defense or a five-technique in a 3-4 scheme.
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The Jaguars select...

Quan Cosby WR Texas
5'9", 196



The elder statesman for the Longhorns, Cosby's 26 years put him in almost a default leadership position. But leaders also need to produce on the field, and Cosby has done that. An all-purpose threat in the previous two seasons, he excelled as a go-to guy for QB Colt McCoy in 2008, garnering honorable mention All-Big 12 honors after making 92 catches for 1,123 yards and 10 scores.

Cosby played four years of minor league baseball (receiving an $825,000 signing bonus from the Angels) before finally matriculating to Texas. His penchant for the big play - including the game winner against Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl - could force teams to consider him in the late rounds even if he is older and smaller than they'd prefer. Had an arm span of 30 1/4 inches and a hand span of 9 1/4 inches at the combine.

Positives: Short, but has a compact, athletic build. Good quickness off the snap to avoid press coverage. At least adequate straight-line speed. Savvy route-runner who varies his speed and can sneak behind the defense deep. Can drop his hips and shows good burst out of his break to generate separation. Secure hands. Looks the ball into his hands and secures it quickly. Best attribute might be his body control. Times his leaps extraordinarily well to reach the ball at its highest level and can lay out to make the spectacular grab. Fierce competitor who makes plays on the ball despite being out-sized. Averaged 23.7 yards per kickoff return and 11.7 per punt return, with one score on each, over his career. Good character and mature; a husband and father.

Negatives: Measured in considerably smaller than expected at the Senior Bowl. Lacks the height scouts prefer on the outside and may struggle with the adjustment inside, where his body control and leaping ability is minimized. Older than most NFL rookies (26) due to his time playing minor league baseball. May lack the straight-line speed to challenge deep in the NFL.
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Morgan Trent, CB Michigan

Trent wears 14 and it's my lucky number.



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With the 169th selection in the NFL Draft, Packers select CB Cary Harris, USC (5'11 188, 4.56 40).
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With their 6th round selection (184th overall) in the OM Mock Draft II, the San Francisco 49ers select:

OT Lydon Murtha, Nebraska


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Overview
Murtha is a prototypical smart, big and strong Nebraska lineman, but it's been tough for him to stay on the field. He missed the first two games of last season with a staph infection and the final two games with a sprained foot, the last four games of 2007 with a foot injury and his entire freshman season with various ailments (bruised calf, hamstring, shoulder).

Murtha did start games in all four of his seasons in Lincoln, at left and right tackle. His size, strength and relative athleticism make him a solid late-round pick or priority free agent at right tackle.

Analysis
Positives: Prototypical height for right tackle spot. Short steps and quick set-up in pass protection. Uses his length and kick-slide to stone outside pass rush moves. Comes out of his stance adequately, and can get movement in short-yardage situations. Sustains blocks inside through the whistle. Latches onto defenders at second level. Can get the inside shoulder of tackles to keep them from run plays going away from him. Sells the bootleg.

Negatives: Stiff in the upper body. Lacks the foot speed to recover on inside moves. Inconsistent speed to get to the second level; lumbers on some plays and looks fluid on others. Overextends when pass rushers free themselves after the initial blow. Slow and ineffective on cut blocks, whether on the line or trying to reach a blitzer on the outside. Needs better second effort if quarterback scrambles away from him. Injury history is a major issue.

2007 Season
Honorable Mention All--Big 12. Murtha is one of four returning offensive linemen who made at least eight starts a year ago. Murtha started eight games and has 14 career starts entering his senior campaign. Murtha was a key part of a Husker offensive line that allowed the NU offense to set school passing records in 2007 by averaging better than 323 yards per game through the air. In addition to finishing seventh nationally in passing offense, the Huskers ranked ninth in total offense. The line was also strong in run blocking, allowing Marlon Lucky to surpass the 1,000-yard rushing barrier. Murtha's injury-plagued career continued as a toe injury forced him to miss the season's final four games.

2006 Season
Murtha played in all 14 games, and drew starting assignments at left tackle against Missouri, Colorado and Auburn. Murtha helped protect quarterback Zac Taylor, who set Nebraska single-season records with 3,197 passing yards and 26 touchdowns. The offensive line also helped pave the way for four Husker I-backs who gained more than 2,400 yards and ran for 26 touchdowns as a group. In addition to his play at tackle, Murtha also was a member of the Huskers' PAT and field goal units.

2005 Season
Murtha played in nine games, including three starts at left tackle. Murtha provided depth behind Cornealius Fuamatu-Thomas before moving into the starting lineup against Oklahoma. Late in the season, Murtha split time with Chris Patrick after Fuamatu-Thomas was lost for the year with an injury. The play of the offensive line helped Nebraska post the top two passing efforts in school history in 2005.

2004 Season

Murtha was looked at to possibly play as a true freshman, but suffered a leg injury early in fall camp and subsequently redshirted.

Injury Report
2004: Sat out his freshman season dealing with calf, hamstring and shoulder injuries.

2007: Missed the final four games with a foot injury.

2008: Missed the first two games with a staph infection and the final two games with a sprained foot.

High School
Murtha joined Hutchinson High School teammate Nathan Swift in becoming the first players from Minnesota to sign with Nebraska since 1995. In 2003, Murtha helped Hutchinson and Coach Andy Rostberg to a 9-4 record and a state runner-up finish in Class 4A (second-largest). Murtha helped pave the way for Swift to rush for more than 2,000 yards as a senior tailback. Murtha was a first-team all-state selection by several outlets, including Associated Press. He was an all-metro pick in the Minneapolis area each of his final two seasons and was named the Minnesota Gatorade Player of the Year in 2003. A three-year starter, he helped Hutchinson to the state semifinals as a junior in 2002, after making a trip to the playoffs as a sophomore in 2001.

Murtha was ranked as the nation's No. 1 offensive tackle prospect by ESPN recruiting analyst Tom Lemming. Murtha was one of three 2004 Husker recruits who participated in the U.S. Army All-American Game.

Murtha was also one of Minnesota's top shot putters. In his first year of track competition in 2003, he finished third at the state meet with a throw of 57-6, before finishing fifth in 2004. He was also an Honor Roll member his final two years and was a youth leader at his church.

Personal
The son of Bill and Kim Murtha, Lydon was born in Homestead, Fla., on Nov. 13, 1985. He is majoring in economics, and was named to the 2004 Big 12 Commissioner's Fall Honor Roll. Murtha has volunteered his time with local hospital visits and at the Legacy Retirement Center.



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With the 183rd pick in the 2009 NFL Draft, the Buffalo Bills select...

Robert Brewster, OT, Ball St.



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Old 04-17-2009, 07:48 PM   #274
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Sorry all, had a 12+ hour long work day today.

The Broncos Select:

Clinton McDonald, DE/DT, Memphis

Height: 6-2. Weight: 283.
Projected 40 Time: 4.80.
Pro Day 40 Time: 4.83.
Benchx225: 36. Vertical: 38.
Projected Round (2009): 4-5.

Clinton McDonald has been a force for Memphis this season, recording 7.5 TFL and seven sacks.

DT Clinton McDonald (6-2, 283 pounds) ran a 4.89 and 4.83 in the 40, had a 38-inch vertical jump, a 10-foot, 1-inch broad jump, a 4.50 short shuttle, a 7.25 three-cone drill and did 36 bench press reps. He looked good and definitely helped himself. Gil Brandt, Clinton McDonald has been a force for Memphis this season, recording 7.5 TFL and seven sacks.

Clinton McDonald/DL/Memphis: McDonald was a surprise non-invite to the combine in February but made scouts take notice with his tremendous pro-day workout one week ago. McDonald measured 6-foot-2 and 283 pounds, completed 36 reps on the bench and posted a 38-inch vertical jump. His forty times averaged 4.83 and McDonald was swift in the short shuttle with a time of 4.46. Scouts were high on McDonald throughout his senior season and the Memphis product may have moved into the middle rounds with his performance.

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