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20 things you didn't know about the NFL Draft

1. Fifty-eight prospects are confirmed to participate virtually in the 2020 NFL Draft. The players will be featured on the NFL Draft television broadcast, which will be presented across ABC, ESPN, and NFL Network. It will also serve as a three-day virtual fundraiser benefitting six charities that are battling the spread of COVID-19 and delivering relief to millions in need..

Round 1 of the 85th annual player selection meeting begins virtually at 8 p.m. ET on Thursday, April 23. Rounds 2-3 kick off at 7 p.m. the following night, and Rounds 4-7 take place starting at noon on Saturday.

2. This year, LSU tight end Thaddeus Moss and Minnesota defensive back Antoine Winfield Jr. are hoping to join their fathers as first-round selections. Pro Football Hall of Famer Randy Moss was selected 21st overall by Minnesota in the 1998 NFL Draft while Antoine Winfield Sr. was chosen with the 23rd pick by Buffalo in the 1999 NFL Draft.

In 2019, the San Francisco 49ers selected Ohio State defensive end Nick Bosa with the second overall pick and he joined his brother, Joey Bosa (No. 3 overall in 2016, San Diego Chargers), and his father, John Bosa (No. 16 overall in 1987, Miami) as first-round selections. Additionally, Pittsburgh selected linebacker Devin Bush Jr. 10th overall in 2019, who joined his father, Devin Bush Sr. (No. 26 overall in 1995, Atlanta), as a first-round selection in the NFL Draft. Bosa and Bush became the 10th and 11th players to join their fathers as first-round selections since 1967.

The father-son combinations to each be drafted in the first round since 1967:

  • Adams: George (1985), Jamal (2017)
  • Bosa: John (1987), Joey (2016), Nick (2019)
  • Bush: Devin (1995), Devin Jr. (2019)
  • Heyward: Craig (1988), Cameron (2011)
  • Ingram: Mark (1987), Mark Jr. (2011)
  • Manning: Archie (1971), Peyton (1998), Eli (2004)
  • Matthews: Bruce* (1983), Jake (2014)
  • Matthews: Clay (1978), Clay Jr. (2009)
  • Winslow: Kellen* (1979), Kellen Jr. (2004)
  • *Hall of Famer

3. Below are a few of the connections between prospects eligible to be selected in the 2020 NFL Draft and family members with NFL experience:

  • TE Jacob Breeland: Father, Garrett, was drafted by the Rams in 1986 NFL Draft
  • LB Thomas Barber: Son of former RB Marion Barber Jr. (7 seasons) and brother of former RB Marion Barber III (7 seasons)
  • LB Cam Brown: Cousin, Andre Davis, played WR in the NFL for 9 seasons
  • QB Kelly Bryant: Cousin is former WR Martavis Bryant
  • DB Javaris Davis: Cousin of former DB Vontae Davis (10 seasons) and TE Vernon Davis (14 seasons)
  • DB Trevon Diggs: Brother of Buffalo Bills WR Stefon Diggs
  • WR Devin Duvernay: Cousin is 2019 No. 1 overall selection QB Kyler Murray
  • LB Troy Dye: Brother, Tony, played 1 season for the Bengals
  • ST Blake Ferguson: Brother, Reid, is the Buffalo Bills long snapper
  • DB Jordan Fuller: Brother, Devin, was the Falcons 7th round draft pick in 2016
  • DB Harrison Hand: Cousin of former DL Turk McBride
  • OL Charlie Heck: Father, Andy, was a 1st round pick in 1989 and played 12 seasons. Is currently the offensive line coach of the Kansas City Chiefs
  • OL Matt Hennessy: Brother, Thomas, is the long snapper for the N.Y. Jets
  • DB Lavert Hill: Brother is current Seattle Seahawks DB Delano Hill
  • WR Isaiah Hodgins: Father, James, was an FB for 8 seasons (Won SB XXXIV with Rams)
  • TE Brycen Hopkins: Father, Brad, played OL for 13 NFL seasons
  • WR Trishton Jackson: Cousin is former WR Braylon Edwards (8 NFL seasons)
  • OL Austin Jackson: Grandfather, Melvin, was a 12th round pick in 1976 and played 5 seasons
  • WR Van Jefferson: Father, Shawn, played WR for 13 seasons. Is currently the assistant head coach - offense and wide receivers coach of the N.Y. Jets
  • WR Jauan Jennings: Father, Bennie, spent time with the Buccaneers
  • WR Collin Johnson: Father, Johnnie, was a 1st round pick by the Rams in 1980 and played 10 seasons LB Clay Johnston Father, Kent, was an NFL strength and conditioning coach for over 20 years
  • TE Cole Kmet: Father, Frank, was drafted by the Bills in 1992 NFL Draft. His uncle, Jeff Zgonina, who played 17 seasons in the NFL, won Super Bowl XXXIV with St. Louis and is currently the assistant defensive line coach for the Redskins
  • QB Steven Montez: Father, Alfred, spent time with the Raiders
  • TE Thaddeus Moss: Father, Randy, was a 1st round pick by the Vikings in 1998 and enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2018
  • RB Zack Moss: Cousin of former NFL WR Santana Moss (14 seasons) and Sinorice Moss (4 seasons)
  • DB Julian Okwara: Brother of current Detroit Lions DE Romeo Okwara
  • WR Aaron Parker: Uncle, Walter Easley, played FB for the 49ers
  • WR Dezmon Patmon: Uncle, DeWayne Patmon, played LB for the Giants
  • RB La'Mical Perine: Cousin of current Miami Dolphins RB Samaje Perine and current Jacksonville Jaguars LB Myles Jack
  • WR Michael Pittman Jr.: Father, Michael, played RB for 11 seasons (Won Super Bowl XXXVII with TB)
  • WR Jalen Reagor: Father, Montae, played DL for 9 seasons (Won Super Bowl XLI with Colts)
  • DB J.R. Reed: Father, Jake, played WR for 12 seasons and his uncle, Dale Carter, played CB for 12 seasons. Cousin of Nigel Warrior.
  • OL Jon Runyan: Father, Jon, played OL for 14 seasons
  • OL Alex Taylor: Uncle, Pierson Prioleau, played DB for 12 seasons
  • K Tommy Townsend: Brother, Johnny, was the Raiders 5th round draft pick in the 2018 NFL Draft
  • K Michael Turk: Nephew of punter Matt Turk (17 seasons) and OL Dan Turk (15 seasons)
  • DB Nigel Warrior: Father, Dale Carter, played CB for 12 seasons. Cousin of J.R. Reed.
  • WR Cody White: Father, Sheldon, played DB for 6 seasons (Spent 19 years with the Detroit Lions front office)
  • DB Antoine Winfield Jr.: Father, Antoine, was a 1st round pick by the Bills in 1999 and played 14 NFL seasons

4. The 2020 NFL Draft has as many as five quarterbacks who could be selected in the first round. This is expected to become the seventh consecutive draft with multiple quarterbacks selected in the first round, the second-longest such streak in the common draft era (2002-12; 11 consecutive drafts). It is also expected to become the fifth consecutive draft with at least three quarterbacks selected in the first round, tied for the longest such streak in the common draft era (2002-06: five consecutive drafts). If multiple quarterbacks are selected in the top 10, it would become the sixth consecutive draft to do so, the longest such streak in the common draft era.

5. Alabama wide receivers Jerry Jeudy and Henry Ruggs III, along with Oklahoma wide receiver CeeDee Lamb, are projected to hear their names called in the first round. If multiple wide receivers are selected in the first round, it would become the 12th consecutive draft to do so, the second-longest streak in the common draft era (1993-2005; 13 consecutive drafts).

6. Ohio State's J.K. Dobbins and Georgia's D'Andre Dwift are expected to be the first running backs off the board in the 2020 NFL Draft. The Buckeyes and Bulldogs are both among the schools that produce the most first-round running backs in the common draft era.

Schools with the most running backs/fullbacks selected in the first round since 1967:

  • Penn State: 10 (Most recent: Saquon Barkley, 2018)
  • Ohio State: 8 (Ezekiel Elliott, 2016)
  • Florida: 7 (Fred Taylor, 1998)
  • Georgia: 7 (Sony Michel, 2018)
  • Michigan: 7 (Chris Perry, 2004)
  • Oklahoma: 7 (Adrian Peterson, 2007)
  • USC: 7 (Reggie Bush, 2006)

7. Louisville's Mekhi Becton, Georgia's Andrew Thomas, Alabama's Jedrick Wills and Iowa's Tristan Wirfs headline the offensive line class for the 2020 Draft. If four offensive linemen are chosen in the top-15 picks, it would become the third NFL Draft since 2000 to feature at least four offensive linemen selected in the top 15 (six in 2013, four in 2008).

8. If Joe Burrow is chosen first overall in the 2020 NFL Draft, he would join JaMarcus Russell (2007) as the only players from LSU to be selected with the first pick in the common draft era. Burrow could also join Cam Newton (2011) as the only quarterbacks to win the Heisman Trophy and the National Championship in the season leading up to their selection as the first overall pick in the NFL Draft since 1967.

Burrow can become the ninth quarterback to win the Heisman Trophy and be selected first overall in the NFL Draft since 1967. If Burrow is selected first overall, it would mark the first time in the common draft era that a Heisman Trophy winner was selected No. 1 in three consecutive drafts.

Heisman-winning quarterbacks selected No. 1 overall in the NFL Draft since 1967:

  • Kyler Murray (Oklahoma) – Arizona, 2019
  • Baker Mayfield (Oklahoma) – Cleveland, 2018
  • Jameis Winston (Florida State) – Tampa Bay, 2015
  • Sam Bradford (Oklahoma) – St. Louis Rams, 2010
  • Vinny Testaverde (Miami - Fla.) – Tampa Bay, 1987
  • Cam Newton (Auburn) – Carolina, 2011
  • Carson Palmer (USC) – Cincinnati, 2003
  • Jim Plunkett (Stanford) – New England, 1971

9. If Joe Burrow (LSU), Justin Herbert (Oregon) and Tua Tagovailoa (Alabama) are all selected in the top-10, it would mark the sixth NFL Draft and first since 2018 with at least three quarterbacks chosen in the top-10 since 1967.

NFL Draft with most quarterbacks chosen in the top-10 since 1967:

  • 2018 (4): Baker Mayfield (1), Sam Darnold (3), Josh Allen (7), Josh Rosen (10)
  • 2012 (3): Andrew Luck (1), Robert Griffin III (2), Ryan Tannehill (8)
  • 2011 (3): Cam Newton (1), Jake Locker (8), Blaine Gabbert (10)
  • 1999 (3): Tim Couch (1), Donovan McNabb (2), Akili Smith (3)

10. Alabama wide receivers Jerry Jeudy and Henry Ruggs III are each projected to be first-round selections. If they both hear their names called on the first night of the 2020 NFL Draft, they would become the fifth pair of wide receiver teammates to each be drafted in the first round of the same draft since 1967. They can also become the first set of wide receiver teammates to both be chosen in the top-15.

Along with quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama can become the second school to have a quarterback and two wide receivers selected in the first round of the same NFL Draft since 1967, joining LSU in 2007 when they had quarterback JaMarcus Russell (No. 1 overall by Oakland) selected in the first round, along with wide receivers Dwayne Bowe (No. 23 overall by Kansas City) and Craig Davis (No. 30 overall by San Diego).

View NFL.com's ranking of the top 150 prospects in the 2020 NFL Draft, which kicks off Thursday night.

11. Oklahoma's CeeDee Lamb is expected to become the fifth Sooner wide receiver selected in the first round in the common draft era and Arizona State's Brandon Aiyuk can become the sixth Sun Devil wide receiver selected in the first round in the common draft era. Both Oklahoma, who saw Marquise Brown selected with the 25th overall pick by Baltimore in the 2019 NFL Draft, and Arizona State, who had N'Keal Harry chosen with the 32nd overall pick by New England last year, can join an exclusive list of schools to have a wide receiver selected in the first round of consecutive NFL Drafts in the common draft era.

Schools with wide receivers selected in the first round of consecutive NFL Draft since 1967:

  • Clemson (2013-2014): Sammy Watkins in 2014 (No. 4 pick by Buffalo), DeAndre Hopkins in 2013 (No. 27 pick by Houston)
  • Ohio State (2006-2007): Ted Ginn Jr. in 2007 (No. 9 pick by Miami), Anthony Gonzalez in 2007 (No. 32 pick by Indianapolis), Santonio Holmes in 2006 (No. 25 pick by Pittsburgh)
  • Ohio State (1995-1996): Terry Glenn in 1996 (No. 7 pick by New England), Joey Galloway in 1995 (No. 8 pick by Seattle)
  • Colorado (1994-1995): Michael Westbrook in 1995 (No. 4 pick by Washington), Charles Johnson in 1994 (No. 17 pick by Pittsburgh)
  • USC (1993-1994): Johnnie Morton in 1994 (No. 21 pick by Detroit), Curtis Conway in 1993 (No. 7 pick by Chicago)
  • Tennessee (1982-1984): Clyde Duncan in 1984 (No. 17 pick by St. Louis Cardinals), Willie Gault in 1983 (No. 18 pick by Chicago), Anthony Hancock in 1982 (No. 11 pick by Kansas City)

12. If both Tee Higgins and Justin Jefferson are selected in the first round, Clemson and LSU would become the only schools to have five wide receivers selected in the first round since 2000. The only other schools currently with four first round wide receivers during that span are Miami (FL) and Ohio State. Alabama, currently with three first round wide receivers since 2000, could also have five if Jerry Jeudy and Henry Ruggs III are both selected in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft.

13. Mekhi Becton is expected to be one of the first offensive linemen off the board in the 2020 NFL Draft. If chosen in the first round, he would become the third offensive lineman from Louisville selected in the first round since 1967, joining Eric Wood (No. 28 by Buffalo in 2009) and Bruce Armstrong (No. 23 by New England in 1987) If selected among the first nine picks, Becton would become the highest selected player from Louisville in the common draft era.

14. If Tristan Wirfs is selected in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft, he would become the tenth offensive lineman from Iowa to be selected in the first round in the common draft era and the first since Brandon Scherff in 2015. Wirfs would also become the fifth Hawkeye offensive lineman selected in the first round since 2000. Only Alabama (seven first-round offensive linemen), Wisconsin (six) and Notre Dame (five) have had more offensive linemen selected in the first round in that span.

Offensive linemen from Iowa selected in the first round since 2000:

  • Brandon Scherff: Washington, No. 5, 2015
  • Riley Reiff:Detroit, No. 23, 2012
  • Bryan Bulaga: Green Bay, No. 23, 2010
  • Robert Gallery: Oakland, No. 2, 2004

15. Ohio State defensive end Chase Young is expected to be one of the first players selected during the 2020 NFL Draft. A defensive end has been selected with a top-five pick in four consecutive drafts, including No. 1 overall selection Myles Garrett in 2017.

  • 2019: Nick Bosa (SF) - 2
  • 2019: Clelin Ferrell (OAK) - 4
  • 2018: Bradley Chubb (DEN) - 5
  • 2017: Myles Garrett (CLE) - 1
  • 2017: Solomon Thomas (SF) - 3
  • 2016: Joey Bosa (SD) – 3

Auburn's Derrick Brown and South Carolina's Javon Kinlaw are expected to be some of the first interior defensive linemen chosen during the 2020 NFL Draft. Since 2009, seven interior defensive linemen have been chosen in the top-10, including 2019 selections Quinnen Williams (No. 3) and Ed Oliver (No. 9).

  • 2019: Quinnen Williams (NYJ) - 3
  • 2019: Ed Oliver (BUF) - 9
  • 2015: Leonard Williams (NYJ) - 6
  • 2011: Marcell Dareus (BUF) - 3
  • 2010: Ndamukong Suh (DET) - 2
  • 2010 Gerald McCoy (TB) - 3
  • 2009: B.J. Raji (GB) - 9

16. Clemson's Isaiah Simmons is expected to be one of the first linebackers chosen during the 2020 NFL Draft. At least one linebacker has been selected in the top-10 in four of the past five NFL Drafts, including three top-10 picks in 2019.

  • 2019: Devin White (TB) - 5
  • 2019: Josh Allen (JAX) - 7
  • 2019: Devin Bush (PIT) - 10
  • 2018: Roquan Smith (CHI) - 8
  • 2016 Leonard Floyd (CHI) - 9
  • 2015 Vic Beasley (ATL) - 8

View photos of every player projected to the Giants in mock drafts one week ahead of the 2020 NFL Draft.

17. In eight of the past 10 NFL Drafts, at least half of the players selected in the first round have been from the defensive side of the ball. The 2019 Draft saw 18 defensive players chosen in the first round, tied for the second-most in a single draft. The 2006 and 2017 Drafts each saw 19 defensive players chosen in the first round.

18. Chase Young won the Bednarik Trophy in 2019, awarded to the best defensive player in college football each season since 1995. Young can become the fifth player and first since Ndamukong Suh (No. 2 in 2010) to win the Bednarik Trophy and be selected in the top-five in the following year's draft since 1995.

Bednarik Trophy winners to be selected in the top-five of the following season's NFL Draft:

  • Ndamukong Suh, 2009
  • Julius Peppers, 2001
  • LaVar Arringto, 1999
  • Charles Woodson, 1997 

Clemson linebacker Isaiah Simmons won the Butkus Award in 2019, awarded to the best linebacker in college football each season since 1985. If selected among the top-five picks in the 2020 NFL Draft, Simmons would become the fifth player to win the Butkus Award and be selected in the top-five in the NFL Draft since 2000.

Butkus Award winners to be selected in the top-five of the following season's NFL Draft since 2000:

  • Devin White, 2019
  • Von Miller, 2011
  • Aaron Curry, 2009
  • LaVar Arrington, 2000

19. If Jeff Okudah is chosen in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft, he would become the fifth cornerback from Ohio State selected in the first round in the last five years. No other school has had multiple cornerbacks selected in the first round in that span. If Okudah is selected in the first round, Ohio State would have five cornerbacks selected in the first round over a five-year period (2016-20) for the second time, having also accomplished the feat from 2014-18. No other school has done so in the common draft era.

If selected in the top-three overall, Okudah would become the fourth cornerback to be selected in the first three picks of an NFL Draft in the common draft era. Cleveland selected former Ohio State cornerback Denzel Ward with the fourth overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. San Francisco selected Buckeye defensive end Nick Bosa with the second overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. If Okudah or Chase Young are one of the first five players selected in the 2020 NFL Draft, Ohio State would become the first school to have a defensive player selected in the top-five in three consecutive NFL Drafts in the common draft era.

20. More stats to impress your friends with:

Trades involving first-round selections, since 2000

  • 2000: 16
  • 2001: 15
  • 2002: 14
  • 2003: 18
  • 2004: 17
  • 2005: 9
  • 2006: 11
  • 2007: 10
  • 2008: 17
  • 2009: 13
  • 2010: 15
  • 2011: 8
  • 2012: 19
  • 2013: 12
  • 2014: 11
  • 2015: 6
  • 2016: 8
  • 2017: 10
  • 2018: 20
  • 2019: 8

Colleges with most first-round picks (since 1967)

  • Southern California: 70
  • Ohio State: 68
  • Miami (Fla.): 60
  • Alabama: 54
  • Florida: 50
  • Florida State: 45
  • Notre Dame: 44
  • Tennessee: 40
  • Michigan: 38
  • Oklahoma: 35
  • Penn State: 34
  • Texas: 33
  • Louisiana State: 30
  • Georgia: 30
  • Texas A&M: 30
  • Clemson: 29
  • Nebraska: 28
  • UCLA: 28
  • Michigan State: 25
  • Arizona State: 24
  • California: 24
  • North Carolina: 23
  • Pittsburgh: 23
  • Washington: 23
  • Wisconsin: 23
  • Auburn: 22
  • Colorado: 22
  • Stanford: 20

Colleges with the most No. 1 overall draft choices: Auburn, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Southern California – 5

Pro Football Hall of Famers selected No. 1 overall

  • 1942 "Bullet" Bill Dudley, Pittsburgh
  • 1945 Charley Trippi, Chicago Cardinals
  • 1949 Chuck Bednarik, Philadelphia
  • 1957 Paul Hornung, Green Bay
  • 1963 Buck Buchanan, Kansas City (AFL)
  • 1968 Ron Yary, Minnesota
  • 1969 O.J. Simpson, Buffalo
  • 1970 Terry Bradshaw, Pittsburgh
  • 1976 Lee Roy Selmon, Tampa Bay
  • 1978 Earl Campbell, Houston Oilers
  • 1983 John Elway, Baltimore Colts
  • 1985 Bruce Smith, Buffalo
  • 1989 Troy Aikman, Dallas
  • 1997 Orlando Pace, St. Louis Rams

Most first-round selections from one college in a single year: 2004 Miami, 6 - Sean Taylor, Kellen Winslow, Jonathan Vilma, D.J. Williams, Vernon Carey, Vince Wilfork

College with most players taken in single draft year in seven-round era (1994-present): Ohio State (14 in 2004).

Most offensive players selected in the first round: 19 (happened three times in 1968, 2004, 2009)

Most defensive players selected in the first round: 19 (happened twice in 2006 and 2017)

Most first-round selections by position (single draft):

  • Quarterback (6 in 1983): John Elway (Baltimore Colts), Todd Blackledge (Kansas City), Jim Kelly (Buffalo), Tony Eason (New England), Ken O'Brien (N.Y Jets), Dan Marino (Miami)
  • Halfback/Running Back (9 in 1938 and 1941) (Last time) 1941: Tom Harmon (Chicago Bears), John Kimbrough (Chicago Cardinals), Norm Standlee (Chicago Bears), John Thomason (Detroit), George Franck (N.Y. Giants), George Paskavan (Green Bay), Dean McAdams (Brooklyn), Don Scott (Chicago Bears), Forrest Evashevski (Washington)
  • Wide Receiver (7 in 2004): Larry Fitzgerald (Arizona), Roy Williams (Detroit), Reggie Williams (Jacksonville), Lee Evans (Buffalo), Michael Clayton (Tampa Bay), Michael Jenkins (Atlanta), Rashaun Woods (San Francisco)
  • Tight End (3 in 1970, 1973, 1978, 2002 and 2017) (Last time) 2017: O.J. Howard (Tampa Bay), Evan Engram (N.Y. Giants), David Njoku (Cleveland Browns)
  • Center (2 in 1949, 1950, 1968, 2009 and 2018) (Last time): 2018 – Frank Ragnow (Detroit), Billy Price (Cincinnati)
  • Guard (4 in 1982): Mike Munchak (Houston Oilers), Sean Farrell (Tampa Bay), Ron Hallestrom (Green Bay), Roy Foster (Miami) Tackle (8 in 2008) Jake Long (Miami), Ryan Clady (Denver), Chris Williams (Chicago Bears), Branden Albert (Kansas City), Gosder Cherilus (Detroit), Jeff Otah (Carolina), Sam Baker (Atlanta), Duane Brown (Houston Texans)
  • Defensive Back (9 in 2014): Justin Gilbert (Cleveland Browns), Kyle Fuller (Chicago Bears), Calvin Pryor (N.Y. Jets), Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (Green Bay), Darqueze Dennard (Cincinnati), Jason Verrett (San Diego), Deone Bucannon (Arizona), Jimmie Ward (San Francisco), Bradley Roby (Denver)
  • Linebacker (7 in 1990): Keith McCants (Tampa Bay), Junior Seau (San Diego), Chris Singleton (New England), James Francis (Cincinnati), Percy Snow (Kansas City), Lamar Lathon (Houston Oilers), Tony Bennett (Green Bay)
  • Defensive End (7 in 2017): Myles Garrett (Cleveland Browns), Solomon Thomas (San Francisco), Derek Barnett (Philadelphia), Jonathan Allen (Washington), Charles Harris (Miami), Takkarist McKinley (Atlanta), Taco Charlton (Dallas)
  • Defensive Tackle (6 in 1977, 2001 and 2003) (Last time) 2003: Dewayne Robertson (N.Y. Jets), Johnathan Sullivan (New Orleans), Kevin Williams (Minnesota), Jimmy Kennedy (St. Louis Rams), Ty Warren (New England), William Joseph (N.Y. Giants)
  • Nose Tackle (1 in 1986, 1988, 2012, 2018 and 2019) (Last time) 2019: Quinnen Williams (N.Y. Jets)
  • Kicker/Punter (1 in 1966, 1973, 1978, 1979 and 2000) (Last time) 2000: K Sebastian Janikowski (Oakland)
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