Grading the draft: What grade should the Cowboys get?

NFC East

Dallas Cowboys

C The Cowboys were the most hotly debated team after the first round. Did they get enough in a trade with the 49ers? Did they reach to take Frederick? They rebounded nicely by taking the best available the rest of the way, but Monte Kiffin’s defense didn’t get much help. They missed out on the top safeties, and depth along the defensive line remains a concern.

1 (31) Travis Frederick, c, Wisconsin.

2 (47) Gavin Escobar, te, San Diego State.

3 (74) Terrance Williams, wr, Baylor.

3 (80) J.J. Wilcox, db, Georgia Southern.

4 (114) B.W. Webb, db, William & Mary.

5 (151) Joseph Randle, rb, Oklahoma State.

6 (185) DeVonte Holloman, lb, South Carolina.

New York Giants

B The Giants filled some huge needs without reaching. Their top needs were offensive tackle and defensive end, and they got Pugh and Moore in the first three rounds. No one drafts pass rushers better than GM Jerry Reese. Moore, who had 26.5 sacks in three seasons, and DT Hankins were great value picks. They even got a young quarterback to groom behind Eli Manning, 32.

1 (19) Justin Pugh, ot, Syracuse.

2 (49) Johnathan Hankins, dt, Ohio State.

3 (81) Damontre Moore, de, Texas A&M.

4 (110) Ryan Nassib, qb, Syracuse.

5 (152) Cooper Taylor, db, Richmond.

7 (225) Eric Herman, g, Ohio.

7 (253)-x Michael Cox, rb, UMass.

Philadelphia Eagles

C The Eagles got better as a team, but they did not come out with an improved secondary. Unless it makes a trade or gets some veteran secondary players released after June 1, Philadelphia better be able to score, because teams are going to throw all over the Eagles. Barkley doesn’t seem to fit Chip Kelly’s offense, but he joins four other QBs the Eagles will take to training camp.

1 (4) Lane Johnson, ot, Oklahoma.

2 (35) Zach Ertz, te, Stanford.

3 (67) Bennie Logan, dt, LSU.

4 (98) Matt Barkley, qb, Southern Cal.

5 (136) Earl Wolff, db, N.C. State.

7 (212) Joe Kruger, de, Utah.

7 (218) Jordan Poyer, db, Oregon State.

7 (239)-x David King, de, Oklahoma.

Washington Redskins

C- The Redskins didn’t have a first-rounder, having surrendered it, along with their 2014 first-rounder, to the Rams for RG3. Their two biggest needs were safety, where Madieu Williams must be replaced, and cornerback, where DeAngelo Hall, E.J. Biggers and Josh Wilson are scheduled to become free agents in 2014. Mike Mayock called Amerson “a boom-or-bust candidate” with first-round talent.

2 (51) David Amerson, db, N.C. State.

3 (85) Jordan Reed, te, Florida.

4 (119) Phillip Thomas, db, Fresno State.

5 (154) Chris Thompson, rb, Florida State.

5 (162) Brandon Jenkins, lb, Florida State.

6 (191) Bacarri Rambo, db, Georgia.

7 (228) Jawan Jamison, rb, Rutgers.

NFC North

Chicago Bears

C It certainly isn’t a sexy draft, but Long will start at OG and has a future at OT. Bostic, whose stock steadily rose during the evaluation period, will compete with free agent signee D.J. Williams for the job vacated by Brian Urlacher.

1 (20) Kyle Long, g, Oregon.

2 (50) Jon Bostic, lb, Florida.

4 (117) Khaseem Greene, lb, Rutgers.

5 (163) Jordan Mills, ot, Louisiana Tech.

6 (188) Cornelius Washington, de, Georgia.

7 (236) Marquess Wilson, wr, Washington State.

Detroit Lions

C+ With nine picks, the Lions have plenty of players to try to upgrade their talent. Ansah and Taylor will join a DE corps depleted by the departures of Kyle Vanden Bosch and Cliff Avril. Willie Young, Jason Jones and Ronnell Lewis were the team’s only DEs before the draft began. Warford will be one of three new starters on the OL. Slay could make a name for himself as a rookie, because of his return ability.

1 (5) Ziggy Ansah, de, BYU.

2 (36) Darius Slay, db, Mississippi State.

3 (65) Larry Warford, g, Kentucky.

4 (132)-x Devin Taylor, de, South Carolina.

5 (165) Sam Martin, p, Appalachian State.

6 (171) Corey Fuller, wr, Virginia Tech.

6 (199) Theo Riddick, rb, Notre Dame.

7 (211) Michael Williams, te, Alabama.

7 (245)-x Brandon Hepburn, lb, Florida A&M.

Green Bay Packers

B- The Packers know how to draft. They got 11 players this year, and Jones is a perfect fit in the 3-4. He is a future replacement for Ryan Pickett, who is 34 and in the final year of his contract. The rest of the league will regret letting the Packers draft Lacy in the second round. He and Franklin give Aaron Rodgers a much-needed running game.

1 (26) Datone Jones, de, UCLA.

2 (61) Eddie Lacy, rb, Alabama.

4 (109) David Bakhtiari, ot, Colorado.

4 (122) J.C. Tretter, ot, Cornell.

4 (125) Johnathan Franklin, rb, UCLA.

5 (159) Micah Hyde, db, Iowa.

5 (167)-x Josh Boyd, de, Mississippi State.

6 (193) Nate Palmer, lb, Illinois State.

7 (216) C.J. Johnson, wr, Grand Valley State.

7 (224) Kevin Dorsey, wr, Maryland.

7 (232) Sam Barrington, lb, South Florida.

Minnesota Vikings

A- The Vikings gave up a lot to get Cordarrelle Patterson, but it gave them three first-round picks and likely three new starters. Rhodes and Patterson fill two of the team’s biggest needs. Minnesota had been expected to draft Manti Te’o, but the Vikings came out of the draft likely still needing a MLB.

1 (23) Sharrif Floyd, dt, Florida.

1 (25) Xavier Rhodes, db, Florida State.

1 (29) Cordarrelle Patterson, wr, Tennessee.

4 (120) Gerald Hodges, lb, Penn State.

5 (155) Jeff Locke, p, UCLA.

6 (196) Jeff Baca, g, UCLA.

7 (213) Michael Mauti, lb, Penn State.

7 (214) Tarvis Bond, g, North Carolina.

7 (229) Everrett Dawkins, dt, Florida State.

NFC South

Atlanta Falcons

C Trufant and Alford are a huge addition after the Falcons released Dunta Robinson and had Brent Grimes leave for Miami. Both could start. Toiolo isn’t Zach Ertz, the higher-rated TE from Stanford, but he has a year to learn from the best in the business in Tony Gonzalez.

1 (22) Desmond Trufant, db, Washington.

2 (60) Robert Alford, db, SE Louisiana.

4 (127) Malliciah Goodwin, de, Clemson.

4 (133)-x Levine Toilolo, te, Stanford.

5 (153) Stansly Maponga, de, TCU.

7 (243)-x Kemel Ishmael, db, UCF.

7 (244)-x Zeke Motta, db, Notre Dame.

7 (249)-x Sean Renfree, qb, Duke.

Carolina Panthers

C The Panthers went into the draft with RT, CB and S as their top needs. They filled none of them. They did, however, get two of the top DTs in the draft, and, paired with Dwan Edwards in a three-man rotation, the Panthers should get a great push inside.

1 (14) Star Lotulelei, dt, Utah.

2 (44) Kawann Short, dt, Purdue.

4 (108) Edmund Kugbila, g, Valdosta State.

5 (148) A.J. Klein, lb, Iowa State.

6 (182) Kenjon Barner, rb, Oregon.

New Orleans Saints

C- The Saints got the top safety in the draft, which was something of a surprise considering their need for outside linebackers. Junior Galette and Victor Butler are Rob Ryan’s starters at OLB currently. Armstead will compete with Jason Smith, a former No. 2 overall pick from Baylor who has bounced around the league, for the RT opening left by Jermon Bushrod.

1 (15) Kenny Vaccaro, db, Texas.

2 Forfeited.

3 (75) Terron Armstead, ot, Arkansas-Pine Bluff.

3 (82) John Jenkins, nt, Georgia.

5 (144) Kenny Stills, wr, Oklahoma.

6 (183) Rufus Johnson, lb, Tarleton State.

Tampa Bay Bucs

B- The Bucs have overhauled a secondary that gave up the most passing yards in the NFL last season. The trade for Darrelle Revis, which has to count for something in their draft grade, and the pick of Banks should help make Tampa Bay hard to throw against this season. Spence is penciled in to start as the replacement for Roy Miller at NT. They still need a pass-catching TE.

2 (43) Johnthan Banks, db, Mississippi State.

3 (73) Mike Glennon, qb, N.C. State.

4 (100) Akeem Spence, dt, Illinois.

4 (126) William Gholston, de, Michigan State.

5 (147) Steven Means, de, Buffalo.

6 (189) Mike James, rb, Miami.

NFC West

Arizona Cardinals

A- The Cardinals’ top priority, after allowing 58 sacks last season, was help in the offensive line. Cooper is a huge upgrade. There will be plenty of names to stick from this group of nine picks. Okafor, Taylor and Swope, for as productive as they were in college, could be steals. And if Mathieu can stay out of trouble, this draft class may be the one remembered for getting the Cardinals back in contention.

1 (7) Jonathan Cooper, g, North Carolina.

2 (45) Kevin Minter, lb, LSU.

3 (69) Tyrann Mathieu, db, LSU.

4 (103) Alex Okafor, lb, Texas.

4 (116) Earl Watford, g, James Madison.

5 (140) Stepfan Taylor, rb, Stanford.

6 (174) Ryan Swope, wr, Texas A&M.

6 (187) Andre Ellington, rb, Clemson.

7 (219) D.C. Jefferson, te, Rutgers.

St. Louis Rams

B- They got great value out of their first four picks. McDonald fills the biggest need as Quintin Mikell was released and Craig Dahl left in free agency. The Rams still have a huge concern at RB with Steven Jackson having departed for Atlanta. Stacy will compete with Daryl Richardson, Isaiah Pead and Terrance Ganaway, but the Rams waited too long to take one.

1 (8) Tavon Austin, wr, West Virginia.

1 (30) Alec Ogletree, lb, Georgia.

3 (71) T.J. McDonald, db, Southern Cal.

3 (92) Stedman Bailey, wr, West Virginia.

4 (113) Barrett Jones, c, Alabama.

5 (149) Brandon McGee, db, Miami.

5 (160) Zac Stacy, rb, Vanderbilt.

San Francisco 49ers

A+ The rich just got richer. The 49ers, already loaded before the draft, added 11 new players. They could afford to draft Lattimore, who will take something of a redshirt season in getting his knee 100 percent. The 49ers’ first six picks could become stars, though Reid might be the only immediate starter from this outstanding class.

1 (18) Eric Reid, db, LSU.

2 (40) Cornellius Carradine, de, Florida State.

2 (55) Vance McDonald, te, Rice.

3 (88) Corey Lemonier, de, Auburn.

4 (128) Quinton Patton, wr, Louisiana Tech.

4 (131)-x Marcus Lattimore, rb, South Carolina.

5 (157) Quinton Dial, dt, Alabama.

6 (180) Nick Moody, lb, Florida State.

7 (237) B.J. Daniels, qb, South Florida.

7 (246)-x Carter Bykowski, ot, Iowa State.

7 (252)-x Marcus Cooper, db, Rutgers.

Seattle Seahawks

C The Seahawks gave up their first-round pick for Percy Harvin, who should count in their draft grade. Williams’ medical concerns pushed him down the draft board, but if he can stay healthy, he was a steal. Hill will replace Alan Branch, who left for Buffalo, and upgrades the DT position.

2 (62) Christine Michael, rb, Texas A&M.

3 (87) Jordan Hill, dt, Penn State.

4 (123) Chris Harper, wr, Kansas State.

5 (137) Jesse Williams, dt, Alabama.

5 (138) Tharold Simon, db, LSU.

5 (158) Luke Willson, te, Rice.

6 (194) Spencer Ware, rb, LSU.

7 (220) Ryan Seymour, g, Vanderbilt.

7 (231) Ty Powell, lb, Harding.

7 (241)-x Jared Smith, g, New Hampshire.

7 (242)-x Michael Bowie, ot, Northeastern State (Okla.)

AFC East

Buffalo Bills

C- The Bills passed on drafting Russell Wilson, Colin Kaepernick and Andy Dalton, among others, in recent years. They didn’t pick the best year to use a first-round pick on a QB as Manuel was the only one selected. He is raw. Kevin Kolb is expected to start, and he surely appreciates the additions of Woods and Goodwin to go with Stevie Johnson. The Bills could have used their first choice on OG Chance Warmack instead of trading down. They lost LG Andy Levitre and key reserve Chad Rinehart in free agency and now have a huge hole.

1 (16) EJ Manuel, qb, Florida State.

2 (41) Robert Woods, wr, Southern Cal.

2 (46) Kiko Alonso, lb, Oregon.

3 (78) Marquise Goodwin, wr, Texas.

4 (105) Duke Williams, db, Nevada.

5 (143) Jonathan Meeks, db, Clemson.

6 (177) Dustin Hopkins, k, Florida State.

7 (222) Chris Gragg, te, Arkansas.

Miami Dolphins

B- The Dolphins got nine draftees, and six of the top 106 picks. They traded up to get Jordan, the draft’s top defensive player. Thomas might be more suited for OG in the NFL, so they still might need to trade for Chiefs OT Branden Albert. Sims might be the best blocking TE in the draft, which is what the Dolphins were looking for with the departure of Anthony Fasano. Taylor and Davis could be future replacements for Brent Grimes and Richard Marshall.

1 (3) Dion Jordan, de, Oregon.

2 (54) Jamar Taylor, db, Boise State.

3 (77) Dallas Thomas, ot, Tennessee.

3 (93) Will Davis, db, Utah State.

4 (104) Jelani Jenkins, lb, Florida.

4 (106) Dion Sims, te, Michigan State.

5 (164) Mike Gillislee, rb, Florida.

5 (166)-x Caleb Sturgis, k, Florida.

7 (250)-x Don Jones, db, Arkansas State.

New England Patriots

C Bill Belichick made a draft-day trade to move down for the 16th time. The Patriots entered with five picks, had eight after the first-round trade with the Vikings and ended up with seven players. Dobson and Boyce will have chances to help with the departures of Wes Welker and Brandon Lloyd. Collins provides depth behind Chandler Jones and Rob Ninkovich. The OL could have used some depth.

2 (52) Jamie Collins, lb, Southern Miss.

2 (59) Aaron Dobson, wr, Marshall.

3 (83) Logan Ryan, db, Rutgers.

3 (91) Duron Harmon, db, Rutgers.

4 (102) Josh Boyce, wr, TCU.

7 (226) Michael Buchanan, de, Illinois.

7 (235) Steve Beauharnais, lb, Rutgers.

New York Jets

C+ Milliner will replace Darrelle Revis. Richardson was not a popular pick with Jets fans as it marks the third consecutive year the Jets have used a first-rounder on a DL following Muhammad Wilkerson in 2011 and Quinton Coples in 2012. But the talk of their draft is the selection of Smith, who will compete with Mark Sanchez for the starting job.

1 (9) Dee Milliner, db, Alabama.

1 (13) Sheldon Richardson, dt, Missouri.

2 (39) Geno Smith, qb, West Virginia.

3 (72) Brian Winters, ot, Kent State.

5 (141) Oday Aboushi, ot, Virginia.

6 (178) William Campbell, g, Michigan.

7 (215) Tommy Bohanon, rb, Wake Forest.

AFC North

Baltimore Ravens

C+ The Super Bowl champs were able to reload with 10 picks. Elam and Brown are the future with safety Ed Reed having departed for Houston and inside linebacker Ray Lewis having retired. Elam joins free-agent signee Michael Huff. Lewis-Moore tore his ACL in the national championship game or he might have gone higher.

1 (32) Matt Elam, db, Florida.

2 (56) Arthur Brown, lb, Kansas State.

3 (94) Brandon Williams, dt, Missouri Southern.

4 (129) John Simon, lb, Ohio State.

4 (130)-x Kyle Juszczyk, rb, Harvard.

5 (168)-x Ricky Wagner, g, Wisconsin.

6 (200) Kapron Lewis-Moore, de, Notre Dame.

6 (203)-x Ryan Jensen, c, Colorado State-Pueblo.

7 (238) Aaron Mellette, wr, Elon.

7 (247)-x Marc Anthony, db, California.

Cincinnati Bengals

C The Bengals got 10 players, though Porter was the highest selected LB. They still have a need for OLBs. Eifert gives Andy Dalton another weapon, though Cincinnati did draft TE Jermaine Gresham with the 21st overall choice in 2010. Hunt and Burkhead were good value.

1 (21) Tyler Eifert, te, Notre Dame.

2 (37) Gio Bernard, rb, North Carolina.

2 (53) Margus Hunt, de, SMU.

3 (84) Shawn Williams, db, Georgia.

4 (118) Sean Porter, lb, Texas A&M.

5 (156) Tanner Hawkinson, g, Kansas.

6 (190) Rex Burkhead, rb, Nebraska.

6 (197) Cobi Hamilton, wr, Arkansas.

7 (240)-x Reid Fragel, ot, Ohio State.

7 (251)-x T.J. Johnson, c, South Carolina.

Cleveland Browns

C- For a team that needs help in the worst way, the Browns had only five picks, and only two were in the first five rounds. It’s hard to get better that way. CB was the biggest need, but they passed on the top corners to take Mingo. McFadden, the third-round choice, likely will replace Sheldon Brown as the starter opposite Joe Haden.

1 (6) Barkevious Mingo, de, LSU.

2 Exercised in supplemental draft.

3 (68) Leon McFadden, db, San Diego State.

6 (175) Jamoris Slaughter, db, Notre Dame.

7 (217) Armonty Bryant, de, East Central.

7 (227) Garrett Gilkey, ot, Charon State.

Pittsburgh Steelers

C+ The Steelers’ draft needs, in order, were LB, RB, WR and S. They drafted them in that order. Pittsburgh knows how to draft LBs, which is why it didn’t meet James Harrison’s salary demand, and Jarvis Jones will challenge Jason Worilds for the starting job. It is a good situation for Landry Jones, who can learn behind Ben Roethlisberger.

1 (17) Jarvis Jones, lb, Georgia.

2 (48) Le’Veon Bell, rb, Michigna State.

3 (79) Markus Wheaton, wr, Oregon State.

4 (111) Shamarko Thomas, db, Syracuse.

4 (115) Landry Jones, qb, Oklahoma.

5 (150) Terry Hawthorne, db, Illinois.

6 (186) Justin Brown, wr, Oklahoma.

6 (206)-x Vince Williams, lb, Florida State.

7 (223) Nick Williams, db, Samford.

AFC South

Houston Texans

C The Texans had to help an offense that has seen first-round additions to that side of the ball only twice since 2003. Hopkins will be a good complement to Andre Johnson, 30. Williams will compete with Ryan Harris for the starting RT job. Montgomery’s passion for football has been questioned, but if Wade Phillips can get him to play, Montgomery was a steal.

1 (27) DeAndre Hopkins, wr, Clemson.

2 (57) D.J. Swearinger, db, South Carolina.

3 (89) Brennan Williams, ot, North Carolina.

3 (95)-x Sam Montgomery, de, LSU.

4 (124) Trevardo Williams, lb, UConn.

6 (176) David Quessenberry, ot, San Jose State.

6 (195) Alan Bonner, wr, Jacksonville State.

6 (198) Chris Jones, db, Bowling Green.

6 (201)-x Ryan Griffin, te, UConn.

Indianapolis Colts

C Werner compares to Paul Kruger, who Chuck Pagano had when he was coordinator of the Ravens defense. Hughes, who is raw, is a project. But the Colts have had good luck drafting small-school players. Thornton will be groomed as one of the future pieces of the OL. The Colts could have used a WR.

1 (24) Bjoern Werner, de, Florida State.

3 (86) Hugh Thornton, g, Illinois.

4 (121) Khaled Holmes, c, Southern Cal.

5 (139) Montori Hughes, dt, UT-Martin.

6 (192) John Boyett, db, Oregon.

7 (230) Kerwynn Williams, rb, Utah State.

7 (254)-x Justice Cunningham, te, South Carolina.

Jacksonville Jaguars

A- GM David Caldwell and Gus Bradley get high marks for their first draft. They needed secondary help and picked five of them, including Cyprien. They needed offensive line help, and they got the No. 1-rated player on their draft board in Joeckel with the second choice. Defensive end still is a concern after the Jaguars had only 20 sacks last season. But Robinson could be the steal of the draft.

1 (2) Luke Joeckel, ot, Texas A&M.

2 (33) Johnathan Cyprien, db, FIU.

3 (64) Dwayne Gratz, db, UConn.

4 (101) Ace Sanders, wr, South Carolina.

5 (135) Denard Robinson, rb, Michigan.

6 (169) Josh Evans, db, Florida.

7 (208) Jeremy Harris, db, New Mexico State.

7 (210) Demetrius McCray, db, Appalachian State.

Tennessee Titans

C Coach Mike Munchak, a Hall of Fame guard, coveted Warmack. The Titans, having Andy Levitre in free agency, now might have the best set of guards in the league. They sorely need a pass rusher after failing to land a DE until the fifth round. Hunter will make an impact.

1 (10) Chance Warmack, g, Alabama.

2 (34) Justin Hunter, wr, Tennessee.

3 (70) Blidi Wreh-Wilson, db, UConn.

3 (97)-x Zaviar Gooden, lb, Missouri.

4 (107) Brian Schwenke, c, California.

5 (142) Lavar Edwards, de, LSU.

6 (202)-x Khalid Wooten, db, Nevada.

7 (248)-x Daimion Stafford, db, Nebraska.

AFC West

Denver Broncos

C- Williams and Ball will compete for starting jobs, but they could be the only impact players out of this class. The Broncos didn’t draft for their two biggest needs, MLB and S. Nate Irving, Steven Johnson and Stewart Bradley are the only candidates at MLB, and Broncos fans won’t like their team not getting an upgrade on S Rahim Moore, who gave up the game-winning pass vs. the Ravens.

1 (28) Sylvester Williams, dt, North Carolina.

2 (58) Montee Ball, rb, Wisconsin.

3 (90) Kayvon Webster, db, South Florida.

5 (146) Quanteras Smith, de, Western Kentucky.

5 (161) Tavarres King, wr, Georgia.

6 (173) Vinston Painter, ot, Virginia Tech.

7 (234) Zac Dysert, qb, Miami (Ohio).

Kansas City Chiefs

C The Chiefs had to have a tackle after releasing Eric Winston. If they can keep Branden Albert, at least for 2013, they’ll be set at the position. Their other two needs were safety and inside linebacker, and they had less success filling those. They didn’t get a safety, and ILB Johnson wasn’t picked until the fourth round. Davis might have been a reach, especially considering the RBs already on their roster.

1 (1) Eric Fisher, ot, Central Michigan.

3 (63) Travis Kelce, te, Cincinnati.

3 (96)-x Knile Davis, rb, Arkansas.

4 (99) Nico Johnson, lb, Alabama.

5 (134) Sanders Commings, db, Georgia.

6 (170) Eric Kush, c, California (Pa.)

6 (204)-x Braden Wilson, rb, Kansas State.

7 (207) Mike Catapano, lb, Princeton.

Oakland Raiders

C- The Raiders had been expected to draft a DT with the No. 3 pick, with Richard Seymour, Tommy Kelly and Desmond Bryant all having departed. But they didn’t take one until the sixth round. They traded down with the Dolphins to take Hayden, whose draft stock skyrocketed after he was medically cleared. Wilson will groom under Matt Flynn.

1 (12) D.J. Hayden, db, Houston.

2 (42) Menelik Watson, ot, Florida State.

3 (66) Sio Moore, lb, UConn.

4 (112) Tyler Wilson, qb, Arkansas.

6 (172) Nick Kasa, te, Colorado.

5 (181) Latavius Murray, rb, UCF.

6 (184) Mychal Rivera, te, Tennessee.

6 (205)-x Stacy McGee, dt, Oklahoma.

7 (209) Brice Butler, wr, San Diego State.

7 (233) David Bass, dt, Missouri Western.

San Diego Chargers

C- he Chargers had only six picks, but the top four could be starters. That could be a good thing, or a bad thing, depending on how good the talent is they drafted. One thing is for sure: Their draft grade would have been an F if they hadn’t come out of it with a OT starter. Fluker is that. Te’o was an interesting pick who could have an impact long-term.

1 (11) D.J. Fluker, ot, Alabama.

2 (38) Mantei Te’o, lb, Notre Dame.

3 (76) Keenan Allen, wr, California.

5 (145) Steve Williams, db, California.

6 (179) Tourek Williams, lb, FIU.

7 (221) Brad Sorenson, qb, Utah State. 

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