2010 Dream Patriots Draft

Updated 4/15/10

While winning seasons, playoff runs, and NFL records are nice to see, a Lombardi trophy is what every Patriot fan and player is striving for each year. The Patriots will need to have a great off-season in 2010 to key up for a Superbowl run in the next decade. So we here at NE Patriots Draft are going to piece together what the Patriots need to do this spring.

Let’s get on to our dream scenario… also check out the Patriots 2010 Draft Picks page.

Round 1: 22nd Overall
Rolando McClain, LB, Alabama
We might as well dream big. If the McClain makes it to pick #10, expect the Patriots to explore moving up and grabbing Nick Saban’s boy. McClain at SILB would allow Jerod Mayo to move to a more natural WILB.

Round 2: 44th Overall
Jerry Hughes, DE/OLB, TCU
Hughes is an incredibly gifted athlete that is still learning the defensive side of the ball. He has the natural ability to play 3-4 OLB, 4-3 DE, and even play some SILB with some development. Doesn’t have the motor/strength issues that Kindle has nor the injury issues that Ricky Sapp has.

Round 2: 47th Overall

Carlos Dunlap, DE/OLB, Florida
Dunlap has dropped due to some issues in his personal life and with his motor, making him much more attractive in the 2nd round. Dunlap could play the 5-technique for the Patriots after bulking up a bit, as well as being a conversion project to 3-4 OLB and 4-3 DE.

Round 2: 53rd Overall
Andre Roberts, WR, Citadel
Roberts is an incredibly talented receiver that is fearless going over the middle. He runs solid routes and has a very nice 2nd gear. Tom Brady will love this guy immediately, as he reminds us of Deion Branch at his best.

Round 4:
Tony Moeaki, TE, Iowa
Classic NFL TE with great in-line blocking skills and good receiving skills. Should go higher, but hasn’t been very durable at Iowa (wrist/head). We feel that he is the best TE in the draft for the Patriots when healthy. With Ben Watson and Chris Baker gone, Moeaki would be a great fit.

Round 6:
Syd’Quan Thompson, CB, California
With Leigh Bodden resigned, corner is less of a need. However, the nickel CB position is still a place that the Patriots can improve on. (Wilhite/Wheatley) Thompson is very physical, even with his small size, and has lots of experience in the slot. Can really lay a guy out in run support.

Round 6: (Compensatory)
Danny Batten, OLB, SDSU
Would be gunning to be a special-teams star in the mold of Larry Izzo, with the added benefit of developing into a rotational LB. Always a great guy to have around.

Round 7:
Mike Brandtner, P, Iowa State
While a punter might not be a sexy pick, they can be useful. Brandtner is great inside the 20 and kicks the ball well in directional situations.

Round 7:
Jameson Konz, ATH, Kent State
The Patriots hit big with an athlete from Kent State last year, Konz is a workout superstar that could develop into at least a special-teams demon.

Round 7: (Compensatory)
Dace Richardson, OG, Iowa
Lumbering big man that has solid technique and a good understanding of pro-blocking due to his time with Kirk Ferentz.

Round 7: (Compensatory)
Tim Hiller, QB, Western Michigan
Backup caliber quarterback with a decent arm. Good touch on deep balls and solid decision-making.

Round 7: (Compensatory)
Kerry Meier, ATH, Kansas
Meier is a former QB that can play FB/H-Back/WR and probably a few others. Just a good football player.

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61 Responses to “2010 Dream Patriots Draft”

  1. Anonymous says:

    I clearly don’t understand what the Pats are thinking–didn’t take Sergio, haven’t addressed a running back, no pass rush and trading down in picks! Yeah next years draft looks good, but…what ARE we just going to throw this season? No way can we keep up w/the Jets or Miami–we have OK players, but no stand outs at any position! Wilfork, Brady thats it. Defense always gets beat deep, cuz we have no pressure on the QB.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Two words… Tony Gerhardt

  3. Jared says:

    If Golden Tate is available at 44 the pats have to take him. Second to maybe only McCluster as far as making people miss in space in the whole draft. Pro offense in college, great with screen passes and crossing routes. Get back to little quick recievers like T.Brown, Branch, Patten and Welker. Moss’s vertical game worked for a year, in the regular season anyway. Cant rely on big plays in the playoffs to be how you score. I know their offense has evolved and players have come and gone but they need that short, consistent passing game again or get to get back to runnng the ball….with one guy, not like six. Ryan Mathews and Golden Tate will be there at 22 if they wanna go offense. The Chargers will pick Mathews at 28 or 40 if we dont. Golden Tate, as high as the the Bengals at 21 but that would kind of be a reach. I think hes goin to play with Matt Cassel and join Charlie Weiss in KC at 36. Either one of these guys would seriously boost our offense instantly. Draft defense first then trade up in front of KC for Tate.


  4. Jared says:

    Bill Belichick will not draft Carlos Dunlap, he is one of the biggest stiffs in the draft. Not far ahead in my opinion is Eversen Griffen from USC. Both seem to be great athletes but average football players, low football IQ’s and aren’t at all versatile at all. Also, everyone saying the pats mite draft a safety is insane, they already have four. One made the pro-bowl last year and another that was a border-line1st round pick last year. Number one player pats should want if they want to stick with the 3-4 is McClain, tackling machine.
    Only happening if they find a way to trade up to Jacksonville’s 10th spot. Mayo is great but hes the only middle backer on the whole team and he cant make plays with guards running hiim over all day.
    Rumor was the Jags wanted to trade down. We need a passrush bad but every guy in this draft has questions about his game. Pierre Paul is raw, Kindle is inconsistent, R.Sapp is always hurt, Hughes from TCU is too small. The best sack guy may be Graham from Michigan, hes only 6’2″, has freakishly small 30 inch arms and has never been asked to cover. If the pats want address the defensive front seven in the first rnd there is two options that i see…Trade up for McClain or draft Odrick at 22 to play 3-4 DE. My guess, Odrick at 22.


  5. Anonymous says:

    I see them trading up to get McClain he is the top prospect in his position and is said to be the next Ray Lewis he’s tough and plays through injuries too good to pass up there’s no other player in his position that’s close to his value. The best spot I think they need to trade up to is #10 or #11 all the teams past that will jump on him. Then you go after sapp, Hughes, alualu, Williams, Nate Allen, misi, moeki, McCoy, Roberts, or CB priests.

  6. Anonymous says:

    I believe that this draft is middle round rich. I expect the Pat’s will trade their #44 to the Rams for the Rams 3rd and first 5th round picks.

    Also, Tyrone McKenzie and Shawn Crable will be viable additions to the Pat’s defense now that they are both healthy. Both have had bad luck with injuries and need to stay on the field, if so they will add tons of depth because both have game!

  7. Jeff says:

    I love every pick except one…Dunlap. 270 lb college DE’s do not play the 5 technique. No way he could hold up at the point of attack. He is a 4-3 DE that is it. Plus the guy isnt serious about football…red flag.

    Jermain Gresham should be the pick instead of Dunlap…

  8. Anonymous says:

    They need a back that fits their system.. LeGarrette Blount

  9. Anonymous says:

    I think they take graham or odrick with #22 they both are beasts in pass rushing then move up in the second and take best or tate and with the other take alualu or sapp or the best CB left after the second round we take bpa on our board.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Dunlap is a stiff, I hope he’s not on their board anywhere

  11. Anonymous says:

    Pats draft summary:
    Five running backs under contract, they could draft one but they would have to love him at that pick. No welker and no watson means they need help on offense…but they should get back to defense. That how they won three rings. Seymoure in oakland and jarvis green in denver means they need a big DE. 3-4 or 4-3? Hopefully they know this year which they want to play. Big vince getting big money i think means 3-4, but lack of LB’s leans towards 4-3. Either way their biggest need is anywhere but nose on the front seven.
    Pats love big guys…
    Rd1.22. J.odrick. DE.psu
    Trade one of their next 2nd rnd picks for two 3rds or a 3 and a 4.
    Draft a recieving TE like a.hernandez from florida with the other 2.
    Then with your 3rd and 4th rounders…draft Brandon Spikes, whos draft is falling because of bad workouts at his pro-day. Then start the WR search.
    Pats are always looking for lineman on both sides in late rounds, and they got like fourty seventh round picks

  12. Anonymous says:

    I personally think that the offensive line needs attention as well some dashing wide receivers-running back-and other positions. Tricky thing is how well BB and Company will handle trading players and picks. I would like to see the Pats trade#22 and get 2 more second rounders. This is the year to rebuild, and bring on Tim Terriffic!!!!

  13. Anonymous says:

    If the Pats did trade up McClain is a must, but assuming they cant, prey for Graham to fall through, others who could help: Courty or Odrick.
    Even with 3 seconds I would go all defense. Washington or Hughs from TCU, K. Jackson if Courty from Rutgers isn’t taken, Lee from Penn State maybe, or Sapp or Wooten, there are choices. After the first four picks were spent on defense I’d dedicate the rest of the pick for the offense, maybe one for a punter.

  14. rogers says:

    The reason Belicheck never trades up to get a high draft choice or if he does have one he trades down is because he doesnt want to spend a lot of money on a possible bust. Also I think that we should go for an DE, maybe brandon Graham of Michigan or Sergio Kindle of Texas who are both good pass rushers. Also i think that we need to work on our corners because merriweather is a great player but he cant do it all. Also we need to spend some money on some legit backups this year because last year when Mayo got hurt we had no one their to do anything, i am sorry but Gary Guyton shouldnt be starting. Defense does win championships and that will start with the pass rush.

  15. Anonymous says:

    It would truly be a “Dream” to make this trade with Oakland for their #8 pick this year. But, as you know, dreams don’t often come true. This should be catagorized more as a “pipe dream”. Again, according to the “Trade Value Chart”, Oakland’s #8 pick has a value of 1,400 points. Our #47 pick in this year’s draft has a value of 430 points. So, in essence, Oakland would want a trade value of an additional 970 points in 2011. That would mean that N.E. would have to be picking at #17 next year, which has a trade value of 950 points, to make this work. Does anyone believe that we’ll be the 17th worst team in football in 2010-2011? I don’t think so. So, unless Oakland follows course as to making bad draft decisions (which certainly is possible), I don’t know how this trade could happen. If you disagree, let me know why this trade makes sense. P.S. – I love the picks, especially the 1st-6 picks.

  16. Anonymous says:

    B-man doesn’t trade spots for picks. He won’t trade to get a 3rd round pick – that is a fact. He trades for players.

    If he gets 4 guys in the top 53 that he wants… and someone falls to the 3rd round – he will find a way to get back into the 3rd and get him.

    On the other hand, if pick 53 comes and the only players remaining are guys with 3rd round grades, he will drop down for value.

    They don’t move up just for the pick, they move for players. If they move down, it’s because the only players on their board are rated lower than their current pick.


  17. Anonymous says:

    Love your Wish List!! Perhaps because I happen to agree with it! Couple of changes though…..take Hughes at #22 (he just won’t last) and take Lamarr Houston DT Texas at #44 instead to eventually replace Seymour. Also take a late flyer on WR Eric Decker Minnesota and see if his foot ever heals. Meier is just a great FOOTBALL player w/o the great skills, but worth the pick. Best Regards, Ray L. 🙂

  18. Anonymous says:


  19. Anonymous says:

    We Pats fans are spoiled this year…we have 4 picks in the top 53 and we’re forgetting how few picks other teams have. Not to mention how desperate they are and insecure in their jobs…GM’s, coaches etc…

    Meaning, they have to hit with their few picks…they are pressed to get it right, or sell tickets. We have the luxury of having a hall of fame QB, coach, owner with all these picks…we’re sitting pretty, they’ll get some nice players where ever or how ever (trade, falling, mistakes of other teams desperation).

    Fun times!

  20. Anonymous says:

    I agree that they need and want to be in this 3rd round and will get there somehow, even though having 3 2nd rounders is better than having 2 with one 3rd rounder…get it? I just see value in this years 3rd round.

  21. Anonymous says:

    Well, I can’t find much fault in this…it would be nice. I still like TE Pitta & RB Tate or Hardesty, but this would be just fine. I do think it makes all the sense in the world for the Pats to move up to get an elite talent, if not McLain than Berry, or Thomas (move to CB) or another.

  22. Anonymous says:

    First let me just say that I love coming to this site and check on it every day!

    I must say I like the look of this updated “Dream” draft… For one, Tebow isn’t on it!

    So Everyone… is Rolando McLain worth next year’s Raider’s first pick?


  23. Anonymous says:

    We are only 3 weeks away from the Draft, and things are starting to fall into place. I’m always amazed as to how the top 20-25 rated players fall into those “predicted mock draft” slots when the “bell sounds”. A few may slide, but it usually follows suit according to where these top players are slotted (not necessarily in specific order) as the Big Day arrives. Anyway, here’s the way it may go for the Pats, and, this is based on projected “availability & need” vs. “Dream list”. There are certain player that we all may want, but they probably won’t be available when we pick. These players should be.
    #1 – Jared Odrick (certainly a “need” for a DE).
    #2 – Ricky Sapp (he should be there @ #44, and it’s a large OLB, pass rushing need).
    #3 – Damion Williams (maybe even a bigger need for a “route-running, sure handed” WR).
    #4 – Ron Gronkowski (So why shouldn’t we have a pass catching TE who can also crush people at the line-of-scrimage. If we had one who CAN catch the ball, Tom is sure to throw it to him. This has not always been the case in the past.)
    I won’t go any further than the 1st-4 picks. If available, I’d grab Graham 1st (a real football player with a non-stop motor) and then take Alex Carrington as a DE somewhere in the 2nd.

  24. Anonymous says:

    If this is a dream draft, then you have very low expectations.

    Here is my dream draft through the second round.
    #22 Ndamukong Suh
    #44 Rolando McClain
    #47 C.J. Spiller
    #53 Eric Berry

    Dream Big:)

  25. Anonymous says:

    Count me in on this one! Although both Graham & Hughes may be a little shorter than BB likes, they both have great motors and good character, something that may have been missing in ’09. They also are terrific tacklers which wasn’t a consistant theme with our 2009 LB’s. Williams, Carrington and Moeacki would fill “needs” with real quality players. Thompson would have a good opportunity to become effective in the nichol, where we have had some questionable coverage. Having a BC guy won’t hurt, especially as a “gunner”. The 7th round are always “let’s hope” selections, but I love the 1st-5 choices.

  26. Anonymous says:

    I expect the Patriots to trade a 2nd rounder this year for a 2nd rounder next year and a 3rd rounder this year. COUNT ON IT!!!

  27. Anonymous says:

    I would really like to see the patriots take Jahvid Best. If he is still available in the second round the Patriots should snatch him immediatly.

  28. Anonymous says:

    Does a wide receiver fit in here as the last second or the fourth rounder. Or do they grab a bunch with all those sevenths? Off. lineman in here somewhere?

  29. Anonymous says:


  30. Anonymous says:

    Oh man, this would be incredible if we got all these guys. first 5 would be immediate contributors.

  31. Anonymous says:

    Would love to see graham and sapp in NE, and from most reports very possible. And as much as I would love to see a RB early I think we are stuck with slippery fingers maroney another year..unless oakland wants him for the RB they take in rd1 for us!

  32. Anonymous says:

    In my Patriots dream draft, they trade up in some possible way and select Ndamukong Suh. Imagine Wilfork and him wreaking havoc for years to come

  33. Anonymous says:

    I love this draft. They would have to trade up to get spiller. I think if they trade this year’s first and oklands first next year they might move up and pick up a second round pick this year along the way. Although, I don’t know if they want to do that with the possible rookie pay scale on next year’s draft. A more likely scenario would be to trade down for an early second and third. I wouldn’t mind this move with the talent pool this year especially if they are not planning to move up from 22.

  34. Anonymous says:

    The link says patriots dream draft and you have them taking a punter? You can’t use your imagination a little and pick a guy with upside that’s a football player and not a punter… Are you serious with this link?

  35. Anonymous says:

    Dream? A RB w/ the 1st pick is not happening. We have needs along both lines, OLB, and WR. BB will as usual (outside of Maroney) bring in 28-32 year old vets to carry the load at RB. Morris will be cut, Taylor too if he can’t do the job, and we’ll resupply, and add Faulk and Maroney. End. We may also score WR’s and LB’s via FA.

  36. Anonymous says:

    22. 1st rd, Sergio Kindle, OLB, Texas (A need pick) Fall back pick: Brandon Graham, OLB, Michigan.

    44. 2nd rd, Ricky Sapp, DE, Clemson Great if we somehow get Julius Peppers in FA, then Brandon Spikes ILB, Florida. This is my dream (Peppers in NE) draft RIGHT?

    47/48. 2nd rd, Rob Gronkowski, TE, Arizona (A need pick as Watson is gone).

    53. 2nd rd, Perrish Cox, CB, Oklahoma State

    120. 4th rd, Mike Williams, WR , Syracuse (character issues but has 1st round talent).

    193. 6th rd, Brandon Carter, OG, Texas Tech (Possible debt on the o-line).

    208. 6th rd, Freddie Barnes , WR Bowling Green (Comp pick from Jabar Gaffey).

    233. 7th rd, Jim Cordle, OC, Ohio State (O-line help, a project at this point).

    235. 7th rd, Mike Brandtner, P, Iowa State (A need pick, as we let Chris Hanson walk).

    255. 7th rd, Thomas Austin, OG, Clemson (Comp pick).

  37. Anonymous says:

    My Dream Draft (3 Rounds)

    1st – Sean Weatherpoon: Playmaker who can play ILB in the 3-4 or OLB in 4-3. A Jerod Mayo clone with enormous leadership skills. It’s been a while since a Pats LB caught some interceptions.

    2nd – Jared Odrick: High energy, High motor, and can play the 5 technique.

    2nd – Austen Lane: Meets the Pats measurables for a 3-4 OLB and had a good showing at the Senior Bowl

    2nd – traded for a 3rd rounder this year and next years 2nd rounder.

    3rd (newly acquired)- Dexter McCluster: Primarily a Deion Branch type receiver and Kevin Faulk like 3rd down option. This kid defines explosive.

  38. Anonymous says:

    Patriots will have few compensatory picks too ….probably 7th round. Think about those picks too!

  39. Anonymous says:

    MY PERFECT PATS PICKS:By MasterDrafter
    Round 1 – OLB Brandon Graham UM or Sergio Kindle UT
    R2 #42 – Whoever above is left or Jerry Hughes
    R2 #48 – Dexter McCluster Ole Miss – versatility, Faulk successor, can help at WR, RB, punt return and kickoffs!!!!
    R2 #53 – Marty Gilyard Cin or Brandon LaFell LSU WR
    R4 – John Jerry OT\OG OLe Miss
    R6 – Andrew Quarless TE Penn State
    R7 – Holy Cross QB
    R7 – David Reed Utah or Emmanual Sanders SMU WR

  40. Anonymous says:

    NO THANKS………still doesnt address the pass rush or WR position. Nightmare draft not dream draft.

  41. Anonymous says:

    I highly doubt Iupati will be there at 42. I say they take Pouncey as an heir to center, while he can play guard now, and he’s big…top competition and a Meyer guy.

  42. Anonymous says:

    First – sign Larry Foote for the inside LB position next to May.

    Rd1. Brandon Graham OLB
    Rd2. M. Lupita OL
    Rd2. J. Dwyer RB
    Rd2. D. Williams NT


  43. Anonymous says:

    A dream draft to say the least. I think they will sign and keep Wilfork though. I don’t think Iupati will be there with the 1st second round pick either. Amari Spivey is a bit of a reach this high in the 2nd round. I think the Pats will try to find a way to draft Brandon Graham, a perfect fit for the Pats.

  44. Anonymous says:

    not happening the pats need a rb with their 1st pick

  45. Anonymous says:

    Love the Ford pick. What about a guy like Myron Rolle?

  46. Anonymous says:

    my mock draft
    1 ricky sapp
    2 brandon spikes
    2 jerry hughes
    2 colt mccoy
    trade for charles scott or toby gerhart
    4 riley cooper or jorden shipley
    6 jimmy graham

  47. Anonymous says:

    I can’t believe people whinge about BB trading down, he trades down half a round to the early second, picks up 2 3rds, which he trades into top half seconds. So in a weak draft he drops half a round and picks up 2 early seconds in one of the strongest for a long time….who wouldn’t take that?!?

    All this talk about weak drafting is a little harsh as well. If you factor in Randy Moss and Wes Welker, 006-08 weren’t the best but weren’t horrible either, especially when the squad was strong, it’s hard to find space for lower picks.

    I think you will all realize the Burgess trade wasn’t as bad as you think as well…

  48. Anonymous says:

    Dream Draft:
    Brandon Graham – might be lucky to get at 22
    Jerry Hughes (might slip a little as only listed at 225)
    Sergio Kindle – should be available mid 2nd given the D depth in the draft
    Jon Asamoah – why go Iupati when you can have a highly graded G 20 spots lower?
    Toby Gerhart – I think you may get TG in the third round as he’s listed as the 5/6 RB available. Would need to get a 3rd for AD in a trade which I think is possible.
    Akwasi Owusu-Ansah – get the best CB in the 4th
    Zoltan Mesko – 6th

    The only major need not addressed in this draft is WR which of all positions is the hardest to get production from a rookie…TO anyone?

  49. Anonymous says:

    22. New England Patriots
    Brandon Graham, DE/OLB, Michigan

    35. pick Sean Weatherspoon, OLB, Missouri
    He falls to the 2nd round and we move up with our 4th round.
    Or move up and get Brandon Spikes, LB, Florida

    48. Brandon Ghee, CB, Wake Forest

    53. Marshawn Gilyard, WR, Cinci

  50. Anonymous says:

    If Eric Berry is available at Pick#6,I would trade up with Pick#22,42 and 53!

  51. Anonymous says:

    id definitely like to see them trade up to get haden. but most likely belichick is going to trade away all of his draft picks for 30 seven round picks. that’d be nice if we could put them all on the field at the same time. there were rumors a while back that we were interested in giving the 2011 seymour pick and maroney to the rams for steven jackson seeing as by the time spagnoli turns that team around jackson will be too old. that’d be NICE.

  52. Anonymous says:

    Ok. I changed my mind on CBs after seeing the Monday Senior Bowl practice notes. Patriots need to take Kyle Wilson instead of Ghee or Thompson. And Austen Lane is looking great, so now that I know something about him, yay for the Lane pick-up idea. Yaaaaay. 😛

  53. Ozstryker says:

    Your not dreaming very hard. 🙂
    I like these picks better for higher value per draft pick, IMHO:
    1st Sergio Kindle OLB
    2nd Griffen/Sapp/Hardy/Hughes/or Weatherspoon DEs
    2nd Sidquan Thompson/Ghee/or Pat the Patriot Robinson CBs
    2nd Toby Gerhart RB
    4th Dez Briscoe WR
    6th Demaryous Thomas WR
    7th Brandon Carter/or John Jerry OGs
    7th Sam Young OT

  54. Admin says:

    Spiller would be great, but do you want to trade up for him?

    Taylor Mays will never play for Bill Belichick, he doesn’t tackle well and has a low football IQ. He does make some awesome highlight plays though.

  55. Anonymous says:

    I Strongly disagree w/ this draft. I think the pats would draft c.j. spiller if he dropped far enough, but they should be concerned w/ upgrading their pass rush or their coverage. They could draft either sergio kindle or maybe make a reach to taylor mays.

  56. ray Lapre (svdpbrockton@verizon.net) says:

    McCluster CANNOT take the pounding of an NFL workhorse back. Look to Dwyer of Ga Tech or Mathews of Fresno St. instead. I agree with your pick of Iupati in round one!
    What if…..this year’s 1st round pick + next year’s 1st round pick from Oakland to draft CB Joe Haden of Florida?? Am I nuts?!?!?!

  57. Anonymous says:

    This is how I would start the draft if were the Patriots and these players were available.
    1st round: 22nd Jerry Hughes OLB/DE TCU
    2nd round: 42nd Jonathan Dwyer RB GT

  58. Anonymous says:

    I think a legitimate CB or a Mayo type LB would be a priority in the first and second round picks.

  59. Anonymous says:

    they need defense, why cant they get shawn merriman or julius pepper, they need awide reciever too. the running back from clemson is good. get a good past rusher from the draft! DEFENSE WINS CHAMPIONSHIPS!!! WHAT DOESNT BELLICHICK UNDERSTAND? does he speak english or chinese?

  60. Oscar says:

    I disagree. I believe Belichick will finally decide to get his high picks by trading up to nab the prospects that can truly make a difference on the defense. We have seen what all the trading down has done to our past drafts.

  61. Anonymous says:

    I expect the Pats to trade one of the 2nd rounders for a 3rd and 4th rounder or 5th rounder. Belichick hates going so long without a pick.

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