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2014 Draft Prep: 10-team mock draft

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The preseason is underway and the whole world is getting a whiff of that sweet, sweet football scent floating in the air. Oh yeah, you can smell it. It smells like meat burning on the grill and fresh-cut grass. And touchdowns ... bunches of touchdowns.

If your senses are on overload then it must be time to start really gearing up for Fantasy drafts.

For some, a simple 10-team league with standard-scoring is what's in store. It's the perfect type of league to get your feet wet if you're new to Fantasy, or the right system to play if you're involving others who are new to this fun little game of ours. There's no reason to complicate it with multiple quarterbacks or crazy scoring or head coaches and salary caps. That's just ... well, that stuff is awesome but it's not for everyone.

The best part of 10-team leagues is that everyone will have a superstar lineup. The fewer owners picking, the more talent that lasts on Draft Day. It's hard to mess up a 10-team draft.

For instance, in our mock, we saw running backs defy their average draft positions and fall to inconceivable spots. Arian Foster and Marshawn Lynch into Round 3? Ray Rice and Frank Gore into Round 6? Maurice Jones-Drew into Round 9? And if you think those are nutty, wait until you see where most of the quarterbacks went!

But that's par for the course in 10-team leagues, which makes them more fun. The bigger challenge on Draft Day isn't to field a capable lineup, but rather to collect as many difference-makers as you can. Because everyone in the league will have all-star starting squads, it'll be the owner who has the most consistent stat producers who pulls ahead.

Speaking of all-stars, for this 10-team mock we enlisted in the help of two experts who know a thing or two about drafts: Rob Rang and Dane Brugler, CBSSports.com's NFL Draft analysts. For 10 months a year their specialty is watching college football and evaluating talent to the pro game. Everyone that's in the NFL has been checked out by these guys already, including this year's rookie class. Best of all, Rang and Brugler play in Fantasy leagues of their own, so they know what they're doing.

As always, we ask you to share your thoughts on this draft. Take advantage of our Fantasy Football Twitter feed (@CBSFantasyFB) and post your comments there, or share your thoughts on our Fantasy Football Facebook page.

In this league, all touchdowns are worth six points, and we award one point for every 10 yards rushing and receiving and one point for every 25 yards passing. We feature a starting lineup of QB, 2 RB, 2 WR, TE, K, DST and a FLEX (RB/WR/TE). There will also be six reserve spots for a 15-round draft.

Our draft order is as follows:

1. Joe Polito, Social Media Coordinator
2. Michael Hurcomb, Editor
3. Dave Richard, Senior Fantasy Writer
4. Dane Brugler, NFL Draft Analyst
5. Jamey Eisenberg, Senior Fantasy Writer
6. Will Brinson, NFL Writer
7. Rob Rang, NFL Draft Analyst
8. Adam Aizer, Podcast/Video Host
9. Chris Towers, Fantasy Writer
10. Jeff Tobin, Associate Managing Editor

Round by Round
Round 1
Pick Team Player
1 Polito Jamaal Charles, RB, KC
2 Hurcomb LeSean McCoy, RB, PHI
3 Richard Matt Forte, RB, CHI
4 Brugler Adrian Peterson, RB, MIN
5 Eisenberg Eddie Lacy, RB, GB
6 Brinson Calvin Johnson, WR, DET
7 Rang Jimmy Graham, TE, NO
8 Aizer Demaryius Thomas, WR, DEN
9 Towers Peyton Manning, QB, DEN
10 Tobin Montee Ball, RB, DEN
Round 2
Pick Team Player
11 Tobin Dez Bryant, WR, DAL
12 Towers DeMarco Murray, RB, DAL
13 Aizer Le'Veon Bell, RB, PIT
14 Rang Aaron Rodgers, QB, GB
15 Brinson A.J. Green, WR, CIN
16 Eisenberg Giovani Bernard, RB, CIN
17 Brugler Drew Brees, QB, NO
18 Richard Alfred Morris, RB, WAS
19 Hurcomb Julio Jones, WR, ATL
20 Polito Zac Stacy, RB, STL
Round 3
Pick Team Player
21 Polito Rob Gronkowski, TE, NE
22 Hurcomb Arian Foster, RB, HOU
23 Richard Marshawn Lynch, RB, SEA
24 Brugler Toby Gerhart, RB, JAC
25 Eisenberg Brandon Marshall, WR, CHI
26 Brinson Doug Martin, RB, TB
27 Rang Andre Ellington, RB, ARI
28 Aizer Julius Thomas, TE, DEN
29 Towers Ryan Mathews, RB, SD
30 Tobin Jordy Nelson, WR, GB
Round 4
Pick Team Player
31 Tobin Bishop Sankey, RB, TEN
32 Towers Alshon Jeffery, WR, CHI
33 Aizer C.J. Spiller, RB, BUF
34 Rang Shane Vereen, RB, NE
35 Brinson Reggie Bush, RB, DET
36 Eisenberg Antonio Brown, WR, PIT
37 Brugler Randall Cobb, WR, GB
38 Richard Michael Crabtree, WR, SF
39 Hurcomb Larry Fitzgerald, WR, ARI
40 Polito Matthew Stafford, QB, DET
Round 5
Pick Team Player
41 Polito Andre Johnson, WR, HOU
42 Hurcomb Tom Brady, QB, NE
43 Richard Vincent Jackson, WR, TB
44 Brugler Jordan Cameron, TE, CLE
45 Eisenberg Pierre Garcon, WR, WAS
46 Brinson Joique Bell, RB, DET
47 Rang Keenan Allen, WR, SD
48 Aizer Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, MIN
49 Towers Victor Cruz, WR, NYG
50 Tobin Michael Floyd, WR, ARI
Round 6
Pick Team Player
51 Tobin Frank Gore, RB, SF
52 Towers Vernon Davis, TE, SF
53 Aizer Trent Richardson, RB, IND
54 Rang Roddy White, WR, ATL
55 Brinson Ray Rice, RB, BAL
56 Eisenberg Stevan Ridley, RB, NE
57 Brugler Wes Welker, WR, DEN
58 Richard Emmanuel Sanders, WR, DEN
59 Hurcomb DeSean Jackson, WR, WAS
60 Polito Chris Johnson, RB, NYJ
Round 7
Pick Team Player
61 Polito Percy Harvin, WR, SEA
62 Hurcomb Rashad Jennings, RB, NYG
63 Richard Lamar Miller, RB, MIA
64 Brugler Ben Tate, RB, CLE
65 Eisenberg Matt Ryan, QB, ATL
66 Brinson Torrey Smith, WR, BAL
67 Rang Terrance West, RB, CLE
68 Aizer Golden Tate, WR, DET
69 Towers Pierre Thomas, RB, NO
70 Tobin Jason Witten, TE, DAL
Round 8
Pick Team Player
71 Tobin Colin Kaepernick, QB, SF
72 Towers Mike Wallace, WR, MIA
73 Aizer Fred Jackson, RB, BUF
74 Rang Steven Jackson, RB, ATL
75 Brinson Greg Olsen, TE, CAR
76 Eisenberg Dennis Pitta, TE, BAL
77 Brugler Jeremy Maclin, WR, PHI
78 Richard Andre Williams, RB, NYG
79 Hurcomb Jordan Reed, TE, WAS
80 Polito Devonta Freeman, RB, ATL
Round 9
Pick Team Player
81 Polito T.Y. Hilton, WR, IND
82 Hurcomb Julian Edelman, WR, NE
83 Richard Zach Ertz, TE, PHI
84 Brugler Bernard Pierce, RB, BAL
85 Eisenberg Christine Michael, RB, SEA
86 Brinson Cam Newton, QB, CAR
87 Rang Marques Colston, WR, NO
88 Aizer Maurice Jones-Drew, RB, OAK
89 Towers Sammy Watkins, WR, BUF
90 Tobin Kendall Wright, WR, TEN
Round 10
Pick Team Player
91 Tobin Khiry Robinson, RB, NO
92 Towers Terrance Williams, WR, DAL
93 Aizer Andrew Luck, QB, IND
94 Rang Rueben Randle, WR, NYG
95 Brinson Robert Griffin III, QB, WAS
96 Eisenberg Jeremy Hill, RB, CIN
97 Brugler Mike Evans, WR, TB
98 Richard Nick Foles, QB, PHI
99 Hurcomb Brandin Cooks, WR, NO
100 Polito Reggie Wayne, WR, IND
Round 11
Pick Team Player
101 Polito Eric Decker, WR, NYJ
102 Hurcomb Seahawks DST
103 Richard Tony Romo, QB, DAL
104 Brugler Darren Sproles, RB, PHI
105 Eisenberg Carlos Hyde, RB, SF
106 Brinson Marvin Jones, WR, CIN
107 Rang James White, RB, NE
108 Aizer Jay Cutler, QB, CHI
109 Towers Stepfan Taylor, RB, ARI
110 Tobin Tre Mason, RB, STL
Round 12
Pick Team Player
111 Tobin Dwayne Bowe, WR, KC
112 Towers Philip Rivers, QB, SD
113 Aizer Kenny Stills, WR, NO
114 Rang Kyle Rudolph, TE, MIN
115 Brinson DeAngelo Williams, RB, CAR
116 Eisenberg Jarrett Boykin, WR, GB
117 Brugler Eric Ebron, TE, DET
118 Richard Justin Hunter, WR, TEN
119 Hurcomb Knowshon Moreno, RB, MIA
120 Polito Kelvin Benjamin, WR, CAR
Round 13
Pick Team Player
121 Polito Knile Davis, RB, KC
122 Hurcomb Dexter McCluster, RB, TEN
123 Richard Charles Sims, RB, TB
124 Brugler 49ers DST
125 Eisenberg Ladarius Green, TE, SD
126 Brinson Cardinals DST
127 Rang Rams DST
128 Aizer LeGarrette Blount, RB, PIT
129 Towers Ahmad Bradshaw, RB, IND
130 Tobin DeAndre Hopkins, WR, HOU
Round 14
Pick Team Player
131 Tobin Broncos DST
132 Towers Chiefs DST
133 Aizer Panthers DST
134 Rang Carson Palmer, QB, ARI
135 Brinson Tavon Austin, WR, STL
136 Eisenberg Bengals DST
137 Brugler Russell Wilson, QB, SEA
138 Richard Stephen Gostkowski, K, NE
139 Hurcomb Jordan Matthews, WR, PHI
140 Polito Patriots DST
Round 15
Pick Team Player
141 Polito Phil Dawson, K, SF
142 Hurcomb Matt Prater, K, DEN
143 Richard Steelers DST
144 Brugler Justin Tucker, K, BAL
145 Eisenberg Steven Hauschka, K, SEA
146 Brinson Matt Bryant, K, ATL
147 Rang Mason Crosby, K, GB
148 Aizer Shayne Graham, K, NO
149 Towers Adam Vinatieri, K, IND
150 Tobin Nick Novak, K, SD
 
Team by Team
Adam Aizer
Rd.Pk
1.8 Demaryius Thomas, WR, DEN
2.3 Le'Veon Bell, RB, PIT
3.8 Julius Thomas, TE, DEN
4.3 C.J. Spiller, RB, BUF
5.8 Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, MIN
6.3 Trent Richardson, RB, IND
7.8 Golden Tate, WR, DET
8.3 Fred Jackson, RB, BUF
9.8 Maurice Jones-Drew, RB, OAK
10.3 Andrew Luck, QB, IND
11.8 Jay Cutler, QB, CHI
12.3 Kenny Stills, WR, NO
13.8 LeGarrette Blount, RB, PIT
14.3 Panthers DST
15.8 Shayne Graham, K, NO
Will Brinson
Rd.Pk
1.6 Calvin Johnson, WR, DET
2.5 A.J. Green, WR, CIN
3.6 Doug Martin, RB, TB
4.5 Reggie Bush, RB, DET
5.6 Joique Bell, RB, DET
6.5 Ray Rice, RB, BAL
7.6 Torrey Smith, WR, BAL
8.5 Greg Olsen, TE, CAR
9.6 Cam Newton, QB, CAR
10.5 Robert Griffin III, QB, WAS
11.6 Marvin Jones, WR, CIN
12.5 DeAngelo Williams, RB, CAR
13.6 Cardinals DST
14.5 Tavon Austin, WR, STL
15.6 Matt Bryant, K, ATL
Dane Brugler
Rd.Pk
1.4 Adrian Peterson, RB, MIN
2.7 Drew Brees, QB, NO
3.4 Toby Gerhart, RB, JAC
4.7 Randall Cobb, WR, GB
5.4 Jordan Cameron, TE, CLE
6.7 Wes Welker, WR, DEN
7.4 Ben Tate, RB, CLE
8.7 Jeremy Maclin, WR, PHI
9.4 Bernard Pierce, RB, BAL
10.7 Mike Evans, WR, TB
11.4 Darren Sproles, RB, PHI
12.7 Eric Ebron, TE, DET
13.4 49ers DST
14.7 Russell Wilson, QB, SEA
15.4 Justin Tucker, K, BAL
Jamey Eisenberg
Rd.Pk
1.5 Eddie Lacy, RB, GB
2.6 Giovani Bernard, RB, CIN
3.5 Brandon Marshall, WR, CHI
4.6 Antonio Brown, WR, PIT
5.5 Pierre Garcon, WR, WAS
6.6 Stevan Ridley, RB, NE
7.5 Matt Ryan, QB, ATL
8.6 Dennis Pitta, TE, BAL
9.5 Christine Michael, RB, SEA
10.6 Jeremy Hill, RB, CIN
11.5 Carlos Hyde, RB, SF
12.6 Jarrett Boykin, WR, GB
13.5 Ladarius Green, TE, SD
14.6 Bengals DST
15.5 Steven Hauschka, K, SEA
Michael Hurcomb
Rd.Pk
1.2 LeSean McCoy, RB, PHI
2.9 Julio Jones, WR, ATL
3.2 Arian Foster, RB, HOU
4.9 Larry Fitzgerald, WR, ARI
5.2 Tom Brady, QB, NE
6.9 DeSean Jackson, WR, WAS
7.2 Rashad Jennings, RB, NYG
8.9 Jordan Reed, TE, WAS
9.2 Julian Edelman, WR, NE
10.9 Brandin Cooks, WR, NO
11.2 Seahawks DST
12.9 Knowshon Moreno, RB, MIA
13.2 Dexter McCluster, RB, TEN
14.9 Jordan Matthews, WR, PHI
15.2 Matt Prater, K, DEN
Joe Polito
Rd.Pk
1.1 Jamaal Charles, RB, KC
2.10 Zac Stacy, RB, STL
3.1 Rob Gronkowski, TE, NE
4.10 Matthew Stafford, QB, DET
5.1 Andre Johnson, WR, HOU
6.10 Chris Johnson, RB, NYJ
7.1 Percy Harvin, WR, SEA
8.10 Devonta Freeman, RB, ATL
9.1 T.Y. Hilton, WR, IND
10.10 Reggie Wayne, WR, IND
11.1 Eric Decker, WR, NYJ
12.10 Kelvin Benjamin, WR, CAR
13.1 Knile Davis, RB, KC
14.10 Patriots DST
15.1 Phil Dawson, K, SF
Rob Rang
Rd.Pk
1.7 Jimmy Graham, TE, NO
2.4 Aaron Rodgers, QB, GB
3.7 Andre Ellington, RB, ARI
4.4 Shane Vereen, RB, NE
5.7 Keenan Allen, WR, SD
6.4 Roddy White, WR, ATL
7.7 Terrance West, RB, CLE
8.4 Steven Jackson, RB, ATL
9.7 Marques Colston, WR, NO
10.4 Rueben Randle, WR, NYG
11.7 James White, RB, NE
12.4 Kyle Rudolph, TE, MIN
13.7 Rams DST
14.4 Carson Palmer, QB, ARI
15.7 Mason Crosby, K, GB
Dave Richard
Rd.Pk
1.3 Matt Forte, RB, CHI
2.8 Alfred Morris, RB, WAS
3.3 Marshawn Lynch, RB, SEA
4.8 Michael Crabtree, WR, SF
5.3 Vincent Jackson, WR, TB
6.8 Emmanuel Sanders, WR, DEN
7.3 Lamar Miller, RB, MIA
8.8 Andre Williams, RB, NYG
9.3 Zach Ertz, TE, PHI
10.8 Nick Foles, QB, PHI
11.3 Tony Romo, QB, DAL
12.8 Justin Hunter, WR, TEN
13.3 Charles Sims, RB, TB
14.8 Stephen Gostkowski, K, NE
15.3 Steelers DST
Jeff Tobin
Rd.Pk
1.10 Montee Ball, RB, DEN
2.1 Dez Bryant, WR, DAL
3.10 Jordy Nelson, WR, GB
4.1 Bishop Sankey, RB, TEN
5.10 Michael Floyd, WR, ARI
6.1 Frank Gore, RB, SF
7.10 Jason Witten, TE, DAL
8.1 Colin Kaepernick, QB, SF
9.10 Kendall Wright, WR, TEN
10.1 Khiry Robinson, RB, NO
11.10 Tre Mason, RB, STL
12.1 Dwayne Bowe, WR, KC
13.10 DeAndre Hopkins, WR, HOU
14.1 Broncos DST
15.10 Nick Novak, K, SD
Chris Towers
Rd.Pk
1.9 Peyton Manning, QB, DEN
2.2 DeMarco Murray, RB, DAL
3.9 Ryan Mathews, RB, SD
4.2 Alshon Jeffery, WR, CHI
5.9 Victor Cruz, WR, NYG
6.2 Vernon Davis, TE, SF
7.9 Pierre Thomas, RB, NO
8.2 Mike Wallace, WR, MIA
9.9 Sammy Watkins, WR, BUF
10.2 Terrance Williams, WR, DAL
11.9 Stepfan Taylor, RB, ARI
12.2 Philip Rivers, QB, SD
13.9 Ahmad Bradshaw, RB, IND
14.2 Chiefs DST
15.9 Adam Vinatieri, K, IND

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Player News
Rams QB coach is a big fan of Sam Bradford
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12:53 am ET) Rams quarterbacks coach Chris Weinke is perfectly happy with starting quarterback Sam Bradford, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

"Love him. Love him," Weinke said when asked about Bradford. Weinke, who has evaluated quarterbacks for a couple of seasons now, said Bradford had one of the best pro days he's ever seen. "A few years ago when Andrew Luck came out they said who would you compare him to? And I said the closest I would see is Sam Bradford."

As part of Weinke's interview process with the team, he met with Bradford for roughly three-and-a-half hours. It wasn't really a formal meeting, though, it was more so the two could get to know eachother. 

Bradford has reportedly been granted permission to seek a trade, but it doesn't appear Rams' ownership wants to part with the 27-year-old quarterback. 


RB Steven Jackson, cut by Falcons, isn't planning to retire
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(2/26/2015) Though he's without a team at the moment, running back Steven Jackson has no plans to retire. 

The Falcons officially released Jackson Thursday night, with immediate questions emerging about his future. On his own website, though, Jackson posted a statement saying he isn't hanging up the cleats just yet.  

"A lot has been written lately about my future," Jackson wrote. "There are questions about my age, and what I have left in the tank. Of that, I will simply say this. For the first nine years of my career, I was used like a battering ram, punishing opposing defense over four quarters of a game. Maybe you stopped me the first five times I got the ball, but by the 15th or 20th time I got it, late in a game -- let's just say you were really feeling me at that point.

"Make no mistake: I can still punish a defense. I still have a warrior's heart. There are 1,000-yard seasons left in these legs. I know what I am still capable of, and I have every intention of proving it."

Jackson also admitted his two seasons with the Falcons were a disappointment as the organization did not reach the postseason in either season. He combined for only 1,250 yards in 2013 and 2014 after posting eight consecutive seasons with over 1,000 yards when he was with the Rams. 


Raiders expected to release safety Tyvon Branch
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(2/26/2015) The Raiders will be parting ways with safety Tyvon Branch, according to CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora

Branch only played in three games during the 2014 season due to a foot injury that placed him on injured reserve. That followed his 2013 season in which Branch was only able to participate in two games. 

However, Branch could be a commodity in what is otherwise considered a weak safety market. 

Branch signed a four-year, $26..6 million contract with the Raiders in 2012, with $17.6 million guaranteed.


Browns working to re-sign CB Buster Skrine
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(2/26/2015) The Browns are hopeful they can re-sign cornerback Buster Skrine but are probably going to have to try to do so after he hits the free agent market, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer

Skrine had a single-season best four interceptions in 2014 and will be someone that could command a hefty price tag on the open market. The Plain Dealer reports that Skrine is expecting anywhere from $5.5 million to $7 million per season. 

The Browns should be in a good position to match an offer for Skrine. Depending on what the 2015 cap number per team is, the Browns are likely to have well over $30 million to spend in free agency. 


Colts, Matt Hasselbeck agree to one-year contract
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(2/26/2015) It looks like Matt Hasselbeck's NFL career will extend at least one more year. 

The Colts reached a one-year deal with backup quarterback Hasselbeck, the team announced on Thursday. 

Hasselbeck, 39, will enter his 17th year in the NFL. After starting out as Brett Favre's backup in Green Bay for his first two seasons in 1999 and 2000, he joined the Seahawks via a trade and quickly established himself as a starting-caliber quarterback. 

In 16 NFL seasons, Hasselbeck has totaled 34,948 yards, 203 touchdowns and 148 interceptions. He'll be the top candidate to back up Andrew Luck next season. 


Report: Vikings, Adrian Peterson can communicate with each other
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(2/26/2015) Now that Adrian Peterson has been moved back to the Commissioner's Exempt list, the Vikings can reach out and communicate with him, according to a report from Pro Football Talk

Peterson had been suspended by the NFL until April 15 and upheld by an arbitrator. On Thursday, U.S. District Judge David Doty overturned the arbitrator's decision, sending the case back down to go through the CBA. The NFL has removed the suspension, for now, while moving Peterson back to the Commissioner's Exempt list. 

The NFL announced in a statement that it is appealing Doty's ruling

Since the Vikings want Peterson to remain with them, they can now reach out and hold talks directly. While suspended by the NFL, the Vikings were unable to communicate with him. This is an interesting development because the Vikings have publicly stated they want him to stay in Minnesota. 

However, at least one report as indicated Peterson wants to leave and continue his NFL career elsewhere


Falcons release running back Steven Jackson
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(2/26/2015) The Falcons released running back Steven Jackson on Thursday, the team announced.

Jackson was owed $3.75 million in 2015, but with running back Devonta Freeman on the roster, it appears Jackson is expendable. In 2014, Jackson rushed for 707 yards and six touchdowns on 190 carries.

By cutting Jackson, the Falcons saved $3.7 million against the salary cap, reports the NFL Network.


Redskins sign Ricky Jean Francois to three-year contract
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(2/26/2015) The Redskins signed defensive tackle Ricky Jean Francois to a three-year deal Thursday, reports the NFL Network.

The deal is believed to be worth $9 million with $4 million guaranteed. With incentives, the deal can reach $11.25 million.

Jean Francois was cut by the Colts on Monday. In 2014, Jean Francois totaled 28 tackles and three sacks.


Report: Browns believe they still have a shot at Josh McCown
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(2/26/2015) The Browns remain confident that they can snag quarterback Josh McCown from the free agent ranks, according to a report from ESPN.com

McCown visited the Browns this week and has also received interest from the the Jets, Bills and Bears. The Browns are in the market for a starting-caliber quarterback with Brian Hoyer possibly leaving in free agency and with Johnny Manziel's status up in the air with the off-field issues hes working through. 

McCown threw 13 touchdowns to just one interception with the Bears in 2013, doing this while filling in for an injured Jay Cutler. His performance earned him a contract with the Buccaneers, though injuries and poor play resulted in a season that saw him throw 11 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. 

McCown was released by the Buccaneers earlier this offseason. 


Report: Cardinals sign cornerback Damond Smith
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(2/26/2015) The Cardinals signed cornerback Damond Smith on Thursday, reports The Baltimore Sun.

Smith did not play during the 2014 season after being cut by the Chiefs. He has never played in an NFL game.


 
 
 
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