2011 Senior Bowl: Breaking Down the North and South Rosters

Matt Miller@nfldraftscoutNFL Draft Lead WriterJanuary 24, 2011

2011 Senior Bowl: Breaking Down the North and South Rosters

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    PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 01:  Quarterback Andy Dalton #14 of the TCU Horned Frogs looks on against the Wisconsin Badgers during the 97th Rose Bowl game on January 1, 2011 in Pasadena, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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    The 2011 Senior Bowl is here. Players, agents and scouts from every NFL team are currently checking-in to Mobile, Alabama for the offseason's biggest All-Star game.

    The Senior Bowl is a who's-who of NFL Draft talent. Only the best seniors are invited every year. Not invited? Don't expect to be drafted very high. This week features the best of the best going head-to-head for position on NFL draft boards.

    With so much to gain, and lose, for every prospect, playing well this week can make or break a player's stock.

    Here is our in-depth look at the North and South rosters.

Quarterbacks

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    SEATTLE - OCTOBER 30:  Quarterback Jake Locker #10 of the Washington Huskies passes against the Stanford Cardinal on October 30, 2010 at Husky Stadium in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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    NORTH
    Colin Kaepernick, Nevada
    An athletic pass/run threat from a potent offensive system, Kaepernick needs to prove he has the tools to play quarterback in the NFL.  (Projected Round: 4)

    Jake Locker, Washington
    A one time No. 1 overall prospect, Locker must prove he has the accuracy to compete as a quarterback in the NFL. This week will determine if Locker is first quarterback drafted or not. (Projected Round: 1)

    Ricky Stanzi, Iowa
    A tough, gun-slinger at quarterback, Stanzi's stock has been on a decline lately. This week will give him a chance to erase poor play during Iowa's bowl game. (Projected Round: 6)

    SOUTH
    Andy Dalton, TCU
    A winner, first and foremost, Dalton has not been on the losing end much over the past two seasons. Senior Bowl week is Dalton's chance to enter the discussion as a late first or second-round pick. (Projected Round: 2)
     

    Greg McElroy, Alabama
    Discounted by many as a system quarterback, McElroy must show arm strength and decision-making outside the Alabama offense. (Projected Round: 5)

    Christian Ponder, FSU
    Before the year Ponder was considered a candidate to be first quarterback drafted. Now he's fighting to be drafted in the first 100 picks. Ponder is rehabbing an elbow injury and cannot afford a bad week. (Projected Round: 2)

Running Backs

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    GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 01:  DeMarco Murray #7 of the Oklahoma Sooners runs the ball as he is hit bu Lawrence Wilson #8 of the Connecticut Huskies in the second quarter during the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl at the Universtity of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 201
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    NORTH
    Roy Helu, Jr, Nebraska
    A physical runner, Helu must show the speed to break a way from NFL defenders. One of many players with a chance to shine this week. (Projected Round: 5)

    Kendall Hunter, Oklahoma State
    Small, but hellishly fast, Hunter is a dynamic run/catch threat. He'll need to show he is big enough to take the punishment a starting running back will see in the NFL. (Projected Round: 3)

    Owen Marecic, Stanford (Fullback)
    A very good blocker and capable receiver, Marecic is our No. 1 fullback in the 2011 class. This week is all about proving he belongs there. (Projected Round: 3)

    DeMarco Murray, Oklahoma
    Perhaps the most talented runner on the North squad, Murray has a chance to show scouts he is a better option than the many underclassmen runners currently ranked ahead of him. (Projected Round: 2)

    Da'Rel Scott, Maryland
    Good size. Good speed. What gives? Scott has an injury history that will alarm many teams. He needs to make a great first impression before teams start looking at medical history. (Projected Round: 7)

    SOUTH
    Anthony Allen, Georgia Tech
    A big runner with good speed, Allen comes from a wishbone option attack and must acclimate quickly to a pro style offense. (Projected Round: 7)

    Charles Clay, Tulsa (Fullback)
    A bruising runner and blocker, Clay has value as both a running back in short-yardage situations and at fullback. He'll be fun to watch this week. (Projected Round: 6)

    Noel Devine, West Virginia
    A highly-touted prep running back, Devine never made the impact that many expected at West Virginia. He is seriously undersized but will remind many of Dexter McCluster. (Projected Round: 4)

    Derrick Locke, Kentucky
    Another undersized back, Locke needs to show he can handle the ball inside the tackles. This will be a big week for Locke's stock. (Projected Round: 6)

    Bilal Powell, Louisville
    Powell is a very physical runner who will excite hard-nosed running teams, but he has no value as an elusive back who can make defenders miss. (Projected Round: 4)

Wide Receivers and Tight Ends

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    LINCOLN, NE - NOVEMBER 13: Niles Paul #24 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers runs after a catch aganst the Kansas Jayhawks during their game at Memorial Stadium on November 13, 2010 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Nebraska Defeated Kansas 20-3. (Photo by Eric Francis/Gett
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    NORTH
    Vincent Brown, San Diego State
    Not many people know who Vincent Brown is. This week is his chance to start the climb up draft boards that many expect. (Projected Round: 4) 

    Dwayne Harris, East Carolina
    Another "no-name" receiver on the North squad, Harris is the smaller, slot-ready receiver the North quarterbacks will lean on this week as they attempt to become familiar with the offensive schemes and players. (Projected Round: 4)

    Niles Paul, Nebraska
    This is Paul's chance to prove he is the prospect many evaluators thought he could be before the season. He has the athletic ability to shine but inconsistency has plagued his career. (Projected Round: 4)

    Austin Pettis, Boise State
    A slot receiver who can be dangerous with the ball after the catch, Pettis has the tools to impress this week. (Projected Round: 3)

    Titus Young, Boise State
    Easily the best receiver on the North squad, Pettis will be a favorite among NFL scouts this week. A good showing could push his stock into the 2nd Round. (Projected Round: 2)

    Lance Kendricks, Wisconsin (Tight End)
    The North's best tight end, Kendricks will see plenty of attention from the quarterbacks and NFL scouts. (Projected Round: 3)

    Mike McNeill, Nebraska (Tight End)
    McNeill is a versatile tight end/wide receiver prospect from Nebraska. With the New England Patriots reminding teams how to win with two tight ends, players like McNeill will get added attention. (Projected Round: 3)

    Lee Smith, Marshall (Tight End)
    A huge body at tight end (6'6", 265 lbs), Smith is your classic blocker at tight end. (Projected Round: 6)

    SOUTH
    Edmond Gates, Abilene Christian

    A burner at wide receiver, Gates has a chance to make a big impact this year as a return man. He'll be a fan favorite in practices. (Projected Round: 7)
     
    Leonard Hankerson, Miami (FL)
    A talented wide receiver, Hankerson is the best of the senior wide receivers in the 2011 NFL Draft. This week is his chance to move up draft boards even higher. (Projected Round: 2)

    Ronald Johnson, USC
    Coming from a high-profile offense, Johnson is surprisingly underrated. He doesn't have great size or speed, but he has sure hands and good route discipline. (Projected Round: 3)

    Jeremy Kerley, TCU
    A super productive receiver at TCU, Kerley needs to show that he can play in any system, and without star quarterback Andy Dalton feeding him the ball. (Projected Round: 5)

    Greg Salas, Hawaii
    Hawaii has not historically done well at putting receivers in the NFL. Salas has the talent to play at the next level, but he must overcome the stereotypes of Hawaii offensive players being "system" guys. (Projected Round: 5)

    Courtney Smith, South Alabama

    A "local" guy, Smith will see a lot of media attention this week. He should enjoy it. Smith is not on our radar as a serious prospect for the draft. (Projected Round: UDFA)

    Preston Dial, Alabama (Tight End)
    We were a little surprised to see Dial's name on the roster. He has been a good target for Alabama this season, but does not have much promise as a draft prospect. (Projected Round: UDFA)

    Luke Stocker, Tennessee (Tight End)
    Stocker has enjoyed a very good season and has seen his draft stock rise because of it. As things stand now, he's a second round guy with a lot of room to move up. (Projected Round: 2)

    D.J. Williams, Arkansas (Tight End)
    Our top senior tight end, Williams sits behind only Notre Dame's junior Kyle Rudolph on draft boards. A good week in Mobile could see him overcome Rudolph. (Projected Round: 2)

Offensive Line

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    TALLAHASSEE, FL - NOVEMBER 27: Rodney Hudson #62 of the Florida State Seminoles celebrates a touchdown during a game against the Florida Gators at Doak Campbell Stadium on November 27, 2010 in Tallahassee, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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    NORTH
    James Brewer, Indiana
    (Tackle)

    A late-round prospect at tackle, Brewer needs to show some versatility this week to improve his value as a depth pick in the middle rounds of the draft. (Projected Round: 6)

    Gabe Carimi, Wisconsin (Tackle)
    The draft's best right tackle prospect, Carimi needs to show up big this week. A good showing and he could see himself drafted in the top 15. (Projected Round: 1)

    Anthony Castonzo, Boston College (Tackle)
    Lost in the hype around Carimi and others, many are forgetting that Boston College has a damn good left tackle. Castonzo is a great prospect in the late teens. (Projected Round: 1)

    Brandon Fusco, Slippery Rock (Center)
    Your token small school lineman, Fusco is no slouch. He's among the top center prospects in the 2011 class. (Projected Round: 5)

    Kevin Kowalski, Toledo (Center)
    Kowalski is, like Fusco, not very well known outside scouting circles. This week will give the undersized center a chance to shine. (Projected Round: 6)

    John Moffitt, Wisconsin (Guard)
    A dominating run blocker from left guard, Moffitt must prove in one-on-one drills that he can survive without first-round pick and line mate Gabe Carimi next to him. (Projected Round: 4)

    Jason Pinkston, Pittsburgh (Tackle)
    A bit undersized for tackle, Pinkston could see himself moved to guard this week. (Projected Round: 4)

    Stephen Schilling, Michigan (Guard)
    Being an offensive lineman from Michigan does not have the same allure that it once did. Schilling is coming from a spread offense where he was asked to move around a lot. That mobility will make him a valuable player to NFL teams. (Projected Round: 3)

    Nate Solder, Colorado (Tackle)
    Another top left tackle prospect, Solder will be directly competing with Anthony Castonzo for attention this week. (Projected Round: 1)

    SOUTH
    Clint Boling, Georgia (Guard)
    Boling has played both guard and tackle, but projects best at guard in the NFL. A big week here could be huge for his draft stock. (Projected Round: 5) 

    James Carpenter, Alabama (Tackle)
    A productive run blocker for the Crimson Tide, there are questions about Carpenter's foot speed and ability to stand up against speed rushers. We'll find out soon enough. (Projected Round: 4) 

    Marcus Gilbert, Florida (Tackle)
    A finesse player, Gilbert has to show he can stand his ground and fight in the trenches. Gilbert has elite tools, he needs to show them this week. (Projected Round: 3)

    Rodney Hudson, FSU (Guard)
    Currently the top rated guard on most draft boards, Hudson will be in a fight with Mike Pouncey for the No. 1 guard spot down the stretch. With Pouncey deciding to not attend, this is Hudson's chance. (Projected Round: 2)

    Jake Kirkpatrick, TCU (Center)
    A smart, savvy center, Kirkpatrick has a chance to really prove himself this week against bigger defensive tackles. (Projected Round: 5)

    DeMarcus Love, Arkansas (Tackle)
    Considered a first-round prospect by some, Love could see a move to guard in the NFL. If he wants to stay at tackle (where more money is made), he needs a huge week. (Projected Round: 2)

    Kristofer O'Dowd, USC (Center)
    Coming from a pro-style offense, O'Dowd is ready to step into the NFL right now. How well he handles the big nose tackles will say a lot about his draft stock. (Projected Round: 3)

    Derek Sherrod, Mississippi State (Tackle)
    The top tackle on many draft boards, Sherrod was not impressive down the stretch for the Bulldogs. Can he stop the edge rushers he'll see in the NFL? Step one is to dominate this week. (Projected Round: 1)

    Danny Watkins, Baylor (Tackle)
    A projected left tackle in the NFL, not many are talking about Watkins right now. After this week everyone will now about the talented big man. (Projected Round: 2)

Defensive Linemen

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    COLUMBUS, OH - OCTOBER 23:  Ryan Kerrigan #94 of the Purdue Boilermakers attempts to tackle Brandon Saine #3 of the Ohio State Buckeyes at Ohio Stadium on October 23, 2010 in Columbus, Ohio.  (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
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    Pierre Allen, Nebraska (Defensive End)
    A traditional 4-3 defensive end, Allen has the tools to impress scouts this week. With so much attention paid to the 3-4 outside linebackers here, Allen can make an impact with 4-3 teams. (Projected Round: 3)

    Christian Ballard, Iowa (Defensive End, 3-4)
    The first of many potential 3-4 defensive ends who could also play defensive tackle in a 4-3, Ballard is a name to remember. With teammate Adrian Clayborn electing to not play, Ballard can really improve his stock. (Projected Round: 2)

    Jeremy Beal, Oklahoma (Defensive End/Outside Linebacker)
    An outside linebacker for the Sooners, Beal has value as a pass rusher from the end or standing up at outside linebacker depending on the scheme. (Projected Round: 2)

    Sione Fua, Stanford (Defensive Tackle, Nose Tackle)
     A traditional 3-4 nose tackle for Stanford, Fua has a chance to make a lasting impression on NFL decision makers this week and improve his stock to rounds 3-4. (Projected Round: 4) 

    Cameron Jordan, Cal (Defensive End, 3-4)
    Jordan has seen his stock as high as No. 3 overall this year, or as low as the mid 20s. He will level out somewhere in between if he shows a good skill set this week to play in both a 4-3 and 3-4 defense. (Projected Round: 1)

    Ryan Kerrigan, Purdue (Defensive End/Outside Linebacker)
    A defensive end at Purdue, many are projecting Kerrigan to outside linebacker in the NFL. He'll need to show the footwork, speed and hip flexibility to drop into coverage to make that a reality. (Projected Round: 1)

    Stephen Paea, Oregon State (Defensive Tackle)
    A traditional three-technique defensive tackle, Paea is loved by some and passed over by others. He is smaller than most would like and will need to prove he is strong enough to hold up against better interior blockers. (Projected Round: 2)

    Ian Williams, Notre Dame (Defensive Tackle)
    Williams has the size to play nose tackle in a three or four-man front. He was not overly impressive at Notre Dame on a bad defense. He needs to have a good week. (Projected Round: 4)

    SOUTH
    Sam Acho, Texas (Defensive End/Outside Linebacker)
    A great athlete, but he generates little production. Acho has the tools to play end or outside linebacker, but must show more toughness and speed. (Projected Round: 3)

    Allen Bailey, Miami FL (Defensive End, 3-4)
    A borderline first-round prospect, we like Bailey's potential as a defensive end in an aggressive 3-4 defense. He has some ability to get up field and pressure the quarterback. (Projected Round: 2)

    Jarvis Jenkins, Clemson (Defensive Tackle)
    Big bodied and able to stuff the run, Jenkins will get looks at both defensive tackle and defensive end as a 3-4 player. (Projected Round: 3)

    Pernell McPhee, Mississippi State (Defensive End, 3-4)
    Another bigger than usual defensive end (285 lbs), McPhee will get looks in a conventional four-man front at left end and in a 3-4.

    Chris Neild, West Virginia (Defensive Tackle)
    The guys picking the Senior Bowl rosters generally do a great job, but this one shocked us. Neild won't be drafted. Someone else should have been given a shot here. (Projected Round: UDFA)

    Brooks Reed, Arizona (Defensive End/Outside Linebacker)
    I would have much rather seen this spot go to Ricky Elmore, Reed's teammate at Arizona. Reed has some value as a pass rusher, but he's not expected to benefit much from this week. (Projected Round: 5)

    Phil Taylor, Baylor (Nose Tackle)
    The best pure nose tackle on either roster, Taylor could really see his stock climb with a great showing in Mobile. (Projected Round: 2)

    Cedric Thornton, Southern Arkansas (Defensive Tackle)
    Another small school guy with some skills to surprise folks in attendance. Thornton has good size, but he really lacks the speed needed to play in the NFL. (Projected Round: 7)

Linebackers

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    CHESTNUT HILL, MA - SEPTEMBER 04:  Mark Herzlich #94 of the Boston College Eagles blocks Erik Walker #83 of the Weber State Wildcats on September 4, 2010 at Alumni Stadium in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. Boston College defeated Weber State 38-20.  (Photo
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    NORTH

    Mason Foster, Washington (Outside Linebacker)
    A pass rushing force off the edge, Foster has to show the speed NFL teams are looking for in the position. (Projected Round: 3)

    Mark Herzlich, Boston College (Outside Linebacker)
    A feel-good story you are sure to hear a lot more about this week, Herzlich is a protypical strong-side linebacker for a 4-3 defense. He might see a move inside for 3-4 teams. (Projected Round: 2)

    Ross Homan, Ohio State (Outside Linebacker)
    Homan has some talent, but he is also undersized and can be easily blocked in the running game. He needs to show this week that he has the toughness to make plays. (Projected Round: 5)

    Greg Jones, Michigan State (Inside Linebacker)
    The best of the inside linebackers, Jones will be making plays all over the field this week. He projects best as a MIKE linebacker in a 4-3. (Projected Round: 2)

    Casey Matthews, Oregon (Inside Linebacker)
    A player that many will be watching, Matthews is a very instinctive linebacker without great measurables. He will be hard to overlook, though. (Projected Round: 4)

    Lawrence Wilson, UConn (Outside Linebacker)
    A little small to play outside in a 3-4, Wilson will see a lot of work at weakside linebacker by the Bills staff this week. (Projected Round: 4)

    SOUTH
    Josh Bynes, Auburn (Inside Linebacker)
    A bit undersized for an inside linebacker, Bynes has good speed and instincts for the position. Here is his chance to show in drills and live plays that he can stuff the run as required. (Projected Round: 6)

    Nate Irving, North Carolina State (Inside Linebacker)
    A player moving up our board quickly, Irving could do a lot of good with a solid week in Mobile. He has everything you are looking for at inside linebacker. (Projected Round: 3)

    Colin McCarthy, Miami FL (Inside Linebacker)
    A scrappy fighter on the inside, we like McCarthy in 3-4 and 4-3 alignments. His knowledge of the game and leadership will make him a coaches favorite. (Projected Round: 3)

    Von Miller, Texas A&M (Outside Linebacker, 3-4)
    A pure pass rusher, Miller is rated by some as a top five draft pick because of his ability to get to the quarterback. He can make or break himself this week. (Projected Round: 1)

    Kelvin Sheppard, LSU (Inside Linebacker)
    Expect to see the teams running a 3-4 all over Sheppard this week. He has the perfect build and make-up to play behind nose tackles. (Projected Round: 4)

    Chris White, Mississippi State (Inside Linebacker)
    You can tell the South will be coached by a former linebacker. White is a good prospect for MIKE positions, but he may not have the speed to contend as a top 120 prospect. (Projected Round: 5)

    K.J. Wright, Mississippi State (Outside Linebacker)
    A very fun player to watch, Wright could see a big boost in his stock and visibility this week. He's an incredibly active outside linebacker. (Projected Round: 3)

Defensive Backs

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    GAINESVILLE, FL - NOVEMBER 13:  Stephen Garcia #5 of the South Carolina Gamecocks rushes against Ahmad Black #35 of the Florida Gators during a game at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on November 13, 2010 in Gainesville, Florida. The Gamecocks beat the Gators 36
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    NORTH
    Jalil Brown, Colorado (Cornerback)
    Good size and good speed, Brown has a chance to see his stock soar this week. (Projected Round: 4)

    Kendric Burney, North Carolina (Cornerback)
    A bit shorter than most would like, Burney has very good cover skills and could bring value as a nickel and dime back. He'll need to show the speed to cover this week. (Projected Round: 5) 

    Rashad Carmichael, Virginia Tech (Cornerback)
    Among the fastest players invited to the Senior Bowl, we would love to see Carmichael returning punts as well as playing cornerback. (Projected Round: 5) 

    Quinton Carter, Oklahoma (Free Safety)
    A true play-maker at free safety, Carter is the best defender in the North's secondary. Expect to see him all over the field Saturday. Carter is our No. 1 free safety. (Projected Round: 2) 

    Eric Hagg, Nebraska (Free Safety)
    A little too slow to make it at free safety in the NFL, Hagg might see a move to strong safety. He could see a drop in stock once teams see his inability to cover. (Projected Round: UDFA) 

    Jaiquawn Jarrett, Temple (Free Safety)
    A player whose stock has been rising all season, Jarrett is finally getting the credit he deserves. He has exceptional speed and cover skills. (Projected Round: 2)

    Joe Lefeged, Rutgers (Strong Safety)
    A true strong safety, Lefeged is much better in run support than dropping back in to coverage. He could be exposed in coverage this week. (Projected Round: 5) 

    Curtis Marsh, Utah State (Cornerback)
    A good all-around coverage corner, Marsh will be facing the best talent he's ever seen this week. He can improve his stock or seriously hurt it with a good week of practice. (Projected Round: 4)

    Da'Norris Searcy, North Carolina (Strong Safety)
    A surprise on the roster, Searcy is not highly regarded in draft cirles. With only average speed, at best, Searcy will be a fringe player late in the draft. (Projected Round: 7)


    SOUTH
    Ahmad Black, Florida (Strong Safety)
    Smaller than most strong safeties, Black is a play-maker who attacks the ball. He might not measure as well as other safeties, but few can play as well. (Projected Round: 2)

    Curtis Brown, Texas (Cornerback)
    A very good athlete who brings some value as a return man, Brown needs to show better coverage ability this week to maintain a high draft grade. (Projected Round: 2)

    Zac Etheridge, Auburn (Strong Safety)
    Etheridge rode Auburn's national championship win to a spot on the Senior Bowl roster that really should have gone to someone else. (Projected Round: UDFA)

    Marcus Gilchrist, Clemson (Free Safety)
    A late-round prospect with good overall skills, Gilchrist needs to flash some play-making skills from centerfield. Really like his speed in pursuit. (Projected Round: 7)

    DeAndre McDaniel, Clemson (Strong Safety)
    Clemson has a very good secondary and it shows with the players represented here. McDaniel is our No. 1 strong safety prospect and could do little this week to change that. (Projected Round: 2)

    Johnny Patrick, Louisville (Cornerback)
    A player we have been watching intently for some time now, Patrick's stock will jump off the charts if he puts a good show on this week. (Projected Round: 2)

    DeMarcus Van Dyke, Miami FL (Cornerback)
    We're not quite sure how or why Van Dyke received an invite over so many talented cornerbacks available, but he did. We have him projected as a street free agent. (Projected Round: UDFA)

    Shareece Wright, USC (Cornerback)
    Wright did not get much publicity this year due to a down season at USC, but he deserves mention among the top of the second tier cornerbacks. (Projected Round: 3)

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