DeAndre Hopkins is a top-20 talent

January 1st, 2013 | Written by Rob Staton

Time to start a new bandwagon. A DeAndre Hopkins shaped bandwagon.

Without any doubt at all, he’s a stud. Any doubts about this guy need to be firmly removed following an incredible solo-performance against mighty LSU yesterday. He’s a top-20 talent who may go later… and a smart team will be ready to capitalise.

LSU’s passing defense isn’t quite as sharp since losing Morris Claiborne and Patrick Peterson to the NFL (and Tyronn Mathieu to marijuana) but this was still a terrific performance from an underrated player. Give credit too to quarterback Tajh Boyd, who had to deal with a relentless pass rush and constant pressure. But there’s no doubting who the star of the show was.

Hopkins had 13 catches, 191 yards and two touchdowns. His first score was set up by a physical grab down the left sideline, competing against pass interference to turn and locate the ball before making a difficult catch (see the play here). The touchdown (click here) owed a lot to Boyd’s accuracy and velocity, fitting a pass into a tight window. But Hopkins made the catch look easy in traffic. Clutch completion.

The second score was another tough catch at the back of the end zone, made possible by a good route (click here). It’s the kind of effortless play Hopkins makes time and time again. He’s such a smooth, controlled route runner with the hands to match.

I’m going to post the full game tape on the blog soon, but here are the other characteristics he flashed on the night. He’s a pure hands catcher. For nearly every one of his 13 receptions he extended his arms and plucked the ball out of the air. He had one drop by my count – a high pass on a crossing route he had no real duty to complete. His reaction was poignant – sheer frustration at himself for not making the grab. It’s testament to his character and attitude, something I’ll come back to later.

Fortunately drops are not a concern. He smothered every other pass thrown his way – on one occasion leaping above a defensive back to make a completion with his finger tips. For all the great physical traits you find with other players – and you’ll hear pundits continually talk about size and speed when it comes to the wide out position – you just cannot beat a guy who catches everything thrown his way and makes game-winning plays. ‘Reliable’ is sometimes superior to ‘explosive’. When you’re driving for the win, a quarterback wants a guy he knows he can go to. It might be his third read on the play, but he always knows in the back of his man is going to be there. In the red zone? Where’s my guy. This is the type of player Hopkins will be at the next level.

We’ve talked about clutch plays, but there was no greater example of this than a 4th and 16 completion on the game’s final drive. He found just enough separation over the middle for Boyd to slip a pass in between two defenders – similar to his first touchdown. Hopkins makes the diving catch and holds onto the ball. That play essentially won Clemson the game, as shortly after they marched down field and scored the winning field goal as time expired. Drop the pass and LSU wins.

He’s not the biggest receiver at 6-1 and 200-205lbs. He’s also not among the fastest – I’d project a time in the 4.45-4.50 range at the combine. This is where the league is in danger of being fooled again.

Conventional wisdom says that’s not spectacular enough for a high pick. The five most productive receivers in the NFL this year statistically were Calvin Johnson (6-5, 236lbs), Andre Johnson (6-3, 230lbs), Brandon Marshall (6-4, 230lbs), Demaryius Thomas (6-3, 229lbs) and Vincent Jackson (6-5, 230lbs). Clearly size matters. The man ranked at #9 is Roddy White of Atlanta – listed at 6-0 and 211lbs. He’s become a clutch receiver for Matt Ryan – the original dynamic target prior to Julio Jones’ arrival. Hopkins compares favourably to White – who was drafted #27 overall in 2005. They’re likely make comparable forty times (White had a 4.47), they have similar size and range. However, Hopkins hasn’t shown any of the inconsistencies that dogged White’s early years in Atlanta before the light switched on.

The way you make up for a lack of size is playing above your stature. Be physical. Master your routes. Understand the offense. Find advantages elsewhere. When you listen to Hopkins conduct an interview, he’ll talk about (for example) exploiting a cover-2 and appears to be a student of the game. Despite the arrival of highly-recruited Sammy Watkins he never complained about a reduced work-load in 2011. Watkins left the LSU game after picking up an injury in Clemson’s first offensive series. That makes a 13-catch near-200 yard performance even more impressive against one of the best defensive teams in the SEC.

During the game ESPN’s sideline reporter Jeannine Edwards relayed a story about Hopkins being asked in high-school to make a list of targets for the year ahead. Apparently he’s continued this tradition throughout his career and has met every goal he set out to achieve. Supposedly his one remaining goal for the 2012 season is to become a first round pick in the NFL draft. It’s this kind of determination and focus that’ll have GM’s and coaches salivating when they sit down to speak with this guy. And doesn’t he just sound like a perfect compliment to a workaholic like Russell Wilson? You can almost imagine the pair working overtime throwing passes during the off-season. It’s a chemistry waiting to happen.

I appreciate the front office’s apparent penchant for size at the receiver position. There are a lot of jump-balls to be won in this offense. They coveted both Brandon Marshall and Vincent Jackson on the trade market and decided both moves were too expensive. Big Mike Williams was a feature in 2010 and 2011. Sidney Rice is 6-4. If they’re going to add another receiver, they may favour the size of a Cordarrelle Patterson or Brandon Coleman.

However, one of the reasons this team believed 5-11 Russell Wilson could be a starting NFL quarterback was due to the way he made up for a lack of size. His release point, hand size, throwing velocity, accuracy and mobility rendered it a moot point. Pete Carroll has talked about players needing to make up for a lack of elite physical qualities to warrant consideration. Hopkins answers the call with his hands, clutch playmaking ability, route running and intelligence on the field. And it’s not like 6-1 and a 4.45-4.50 forty yard dash is a major issue anyway. This team drafted a smaller receiver in Golden Tate who can still go up and make physical plays.

One thing I’ve learnt watching Russell Wilson in Seattle is to never underestimate a prospect who is determined to be great. Few players have that quality. Some are physically good enough to never require that aspect of their personality. Others are so driven, so zoned in on making themselves ‘great’. I get that impression from Hopkins.

Now that we know he’s going to turn pro – and what a way to bow out of college – it’s time he warranted serious consideration as a first round pick. The likes of Keenan Allen and Justin Hunter continue to appear in multiple mock drafts carrying first round grades, while Hopkins is nowhere to be seen. I’d be very suspicious of any mock not giving this guy serious first round consideration – especially behind those two players. For the record, he ended the 2012 season with 1405 receiving yards and 18 touchdowns. There’s going to be a lot of good receiving options in the late first round this year. Hopkins, Brandon Coleman, Cordarrelle Patterson, Markus Wheaton and others could all be available in that range. Stanford tight end Zach Ertz is another name to keep an eye on if he decides to turn pro. It’s perhaps another reason why the Seahawks would be better served addressing some of their pass-rushing issues in free agency to allow the front office to take advantage of the pass-catching talent available this year. Of course, there are other possible target positions in the first round. Tony Pauline confirmed today that Georgia’s brilliant linebacker Alec Ogletree will turn pro:

Ogletree’s final snap for Georgia was a sack – a fitting end for one of the more explosive defensive prospects entering the league in the last few years. It’s also difficult to look too far beyond Kansas State’s Arthur Brown, who will contest the Fiesta Bowl against Oregon on Thursday. Both players appear to be good fits for the WILL position in Seattle’s 4-3 under scheme.

Even so, it’s time to get excited about DeAndre Hopkins. He could be a name many more people are talking about by the time April comes around.

45 Responses to “DeAndre Hopkins is a top-20 talent”

  1. Eli says:

    I watched his game against LSU and he did play fantastic. He would be a great addition to the hawks WRs. I still expect PC/JS to add two receivers in this draft. One can be Hopkins size but I expect the other to have a 6’4″ frame like Rice.

    • MJ says:

      I agree. Hopkins is the perfect guy to draft along with a HWS guy who needs time and is a gamble.

      I hate to call any prospect a “sure thing,” as there never usually is one and that description is usually a way to downplay potential (or lack thereof). Hopkins seems like a perfect 1st rounder: production, character, effort, attitude, with the necessary physical attributes to succeed.

      And I totally agree with Rob…there’s a very low likelihood of drafting a real difference maker on the DL in late R1. What a perfect opportunity to draft a young pass catcher to grow with and make life easier for our QB. The one fear I have, is PC/JS getting too comfortablemwith RWs success. I firmly believe you make life as easy as possible for a young QB and continue to give him pieces he needs to continue that path of success.

      I get almost giddy thinking about Hopkins, RW, and Tate in the off-season working day and night. Could be a fun road for Seattle fans.

      • Eli says:

        What do you mean by “HWS”? I too am excited for the FO to give RW some playmakers to work with all summer long.

  2. Rory says:

    I’m not a huge fan of Hopkins, at least for the Seahawks. He seems like a good Z, but we already have a great Z in Sidney. He just doesn’t seem to have “it” to me. I think the Roddy White comparison is good, but I think that’s more a ceiling than likely result. I have him graded in the late first/early second range.

    I’m sure he will go on to be a good receiver in the nfl, and my opinion could change on him, but I just don’t see him in a Hawks uniform. I’d much prefer Wheaton.

    • Rob Staton says:

      How do you define ‘it’?

      • Rory says:

        something that puts you above other receivers. I don’t see amazing speed, an amazing ability to go up and get the ball, or anything else amazing. Consistency and dependability is important, but it’s something you can find in round 2 or 3.

        • Rob Staton says:

          I’ve got to be honest, Rory. This sounds very much like the kind of assessment that led to many teams passing on Russell Wilson. Not being ‘amazing’ as a size/speed prospect isn’t the most important thing about playing receiver. Separation, hands, route running, physicality and consistency generally are. If you can provide those things at 6-3, 230lbs – you’ll be a top ten pick. Provide those things at 6-1 and 205lbs – and I don’t think you automatically fall to round three. This guy can play.

          • Rory says:

            I don’t need to see outstanding size or speed to like a WR. I just need to see something amazing. Tate has amazing body control, Rice has amazing hands and concentration. I think Hopkins will have a Danny Amendola type impact. He will be good, but not great.

            I’d love to have Hopkins on the team, we’re thin at WR. I just don’t know about spending a round 1 pick on him, if he fell to us in round 2, I’d take him in a heartbeat, even if we drafted a WR in round 1.

            For the record, if he was 6’3 230, I’d rate him only slightly higher. I’ve only seen two games plus highlights on the guy, so I might change my mind on him, but for now, I hope the hawks look a different direction.

            • dave crockett says:

              Where Seattle is likely to be drafting, ESPECIALLY considering the distribution of talent likely to be in this draft and the salary cap ramifications, you hardly need to wait until round 2 if you like a guy.

              I think NFL teams miss on WR more frequently than any other position by getting locked into types, where only certain types (e.g., Randy Moss) can be great. WR is the most compensatory of all positions in the NFL. You can be great lots of different ways. You mention Danny Amendola, implying that type of player isn’t worth a first round pick. That kind of player (not Amendola per se) can’t be great in every offense, but he could be great in this one.

              What this offense is missing, and what Hopkins brings to the table in spades, is a guy who can win his matchup right off the line of scrimmage. So many of Seattle’s big plays in the passing game come from the screen game or from Wilson’s deep balls. I see Hopkins as the Jeremy Maclin/Jordy Nelson/Michael Crabtree type WR who excels in the intermediate game (15-30 yard range) that we lack.

              • Rory says:

                Amendola is good, don’t get me wrong, but he’s no Roddy White.

                I also never said he isn’t worth a first round pick. I have a late first/early second grade on him. I just don’t think he’s worth the Seahawks first pick, I think we need something else.

            • Turp says:

              Route running and separation.

            • Nate Dogg says:

              It’s an interesting complaint considering how much the FO values players being unique, or special, in some way. Carroll has talked a lot lately about not looking at guys and finding why they can’t play, but getting guys with special qualities in the door and then figuring out what to do with them. If you look at their track record you can kind of see it:

              Irvin – Elite speed, fought through a rough upbringing
              Wagner – Elite speed for the position, overcame some disadvantages in his personal life to make the NFL
              Wilson – Great athlete, great work ethic, overcame a big limitation to consistently suceed.
              Carpenter – Great strength and quick feet, came through the JUCO ranks to start on a couple Alabama teams
              Wright – Great size and speed, has unusual length. Not picking on Kip, but his comment on Wright after the draft is an example of what I’m talking about “…Wright has some features that you like, but unfix-able flaws that will likely prevent him from amounting to much.” It’s not about the negatives, it’s about the things they like.
              Sherman – Great size and speed, transition from WR to CB
              ET – Elite speed and insticts despite smaller build
              Tate – Great body control, leaping ability, YAC ability despite smaller build
              Kam – Was “too big, not fast or quick enough” for safety but has a thirst for carnage
              Red – His story is well known
              Browner – Also well known

              Obviously it’s not some hard and fast rule, but it’s something I’m trying to look for when I look for guys that Seattle might target. What makes this guy special? What unique quality makes him a tough match up?

              Not sure if that really has anything to do with Hopkins, but it’s been on my mind.

              • Rob Staton says:

                That is definitely how we have to approach future picks in the Carroll/Schneider era. But I also think we need to avoid trying too hard to look for these qualities. After all, they’ve taken a lot of solid, good football players. In fact short of Irvin this year, I think their first three first round picks were all pretty ‘safe’ and solid rather than really out there. So I think it works both ways and it’s why I could see them (if they go receiver in round one) taking any of Patterson, Coleman, Hopkins or even a guy like Robert Woods.

                • Nate Dogg says:

                  Yeah, I don’t think it’s about making “out there” picks. They’re still looking for a lot of the same stuff, they want good football players, but I think the some of their surprises come from them evaluating guys a little differently and looking for those unique qualities that set a player apart in some way.

    • Eli says:

      It’s great that we have a good Z in Sidney rice but the fact is that Rice is injury prone. We have literally zero depth behind him. An injury to Rice or Tate destroys the offense like no other injury would (on O or D). That paired with the fact that WRs generally take time to be contributors means that the hawks need to invest heavy now.

    • Ely says:

      He doesn’t have “it”!? 190 and 2 TD’s against one of the better college defenses when the other star receiver is out on the first series seems like the definition of “it” to me. I love the fact that Rob pointed out his work ethic and how he would work with RW for the future. Give me the guy who has the work ethic and natural game instincts over the 6’4″ guy who runs a 4.3. I think Hopkins is the guy you can plug in at any WR position. I was sold on Ogletree earlier but he doesn’t seem to have the pure love of the game with the work ethic and non-stop motor like Hopkins. Frankly I was put off by Ogletree in the Alabama game despite his big plays; He just seemed to take plays off.

    • AlexHawk says:

      A lot of people didn’t think Wes Welker had “it” either, Hopkins was outstanding against one of the best defenses in the NCAA he dominated the game. For what its worth I have never seen reliable as a hit on wide receivers the fact he can consistently get open says something in itself.

  3. Michael says:

    Great write up Rob. I am getting more and more excited about this draft class. This is exactly the kind of draft where you don’t mind picking in the bottom of the round and it’s because of guys like Hopkins.

    Just got done watching the Rose Bowl, and finally got a good look at Ertz. He played fast while also showing off his hands and I firmly agree with you that he will be a first round pick. Taylor looked really good too despite only 88 yards on the ground. It looked like 50 of those yards came after contact.

    Rob, Last year you correctly identified RB as a position the ‘Hawks would target in the middle rounds. I have liked what I’ve seen from Turbin this year, and in no way am I advocating for the Carolina Panthers school of thought on drafting running backs. That being said, is there any chance the ‘Hawks add to the wealth in the backfield if a Stephan Taylor or Eddie Lacy can be had in the middle to late rounds?

    • Rob Staton says:

      I would like to think so, Michael. There are superior needs and much will depend on the work they do in free agency. But if they can address an issue or two pre-draft, then I think they have to consider the value that comes with a player like Lacy.

  4. AlaskaHawk says:

    Good call on Hopkins. I am salivating at getting more sure handed receivers. What everyone needs to remember is that RW only has good stats because his receivers are fighting for the ball and catching it. Last game was not one of his best accuracy wise. Many long balls were short with a scrum between receiver and corner. But Tate did his part. Likewise a few drops Early in the season cost us the game against Arizona.

    So I’m all for finding more play makers.

  5. Michael says:

    Poor Chiefs… If only Clowney were eligible…

  6. Peter says:

    Nice piece Rob. Hopkins sounds like a RW clone, only playing a different position.

  7. NMD says:

    I love this WR draft class, there are so many different types of WRs and I could see PCJS go in any direction with it.

    Last year after seeing DeAndre Hopkins a few times he reminded me of Golden Tate. He’s got sneaky speed where he can get deep and when the ball is in the air he can high point and catch with his hands and turn his body however he needs to. Then this year he’s shown he can get open with really nice routes and he catches everything. I don’t know where Hopkins lands in the draft though because there is so much talent at the WR position and I could see each team coveting different guys at different values. I see Keenan Allen, Justin Hunter, Brandon Colemon, Cordarrelle Patterson, Robert Woods, Tavon Austin, and DeAndre Hopkins all going in the top 50 easy. Then the next tier with Da’Rick Rogers, Stedman Bailey, Terrance Williams, Markus Wheaton, Marquess Wilson, Quinton Patton, and Jordan Matthews providing great depth on day two and pushing real talented guys like Cobi Hamilton, Kenny Stills, Aaron Dobson, Aaron Mellette, Ryan Swope, Marcus Davis, and Corey Fuller to day 3. It’s a good year to want a WR and not necessarily need one just as the Seahawks do.

  8. JamesP says:

    I’m sold. If he’s there at the bottom of the 1st I’d run to the podium. The best thing I saw from him in the bowl game was Separation, with a capital S. He’s not a 4.3 guy, but he’s quick enough, and combine that with being a superior route runner and he found himself in all kinds of space. There were a couple of catches in the 4th quarter that demonstrated excellent body control as well, and his hands were fantastic throughout. If reports about his work ethic are true I’d say he’s as close to a sure thing as there is.
    I also agree with MJ that we need 2 receivers, and finding a 6-3/6-4 guy on day 3 to develop alongside Hopkins would be a smart move.

  9. Nolan says:

    rob love the blog and thanks for the work you do and put in… my only question about going reciever early is how many plays will there be for a rookie reciever? Tate, Rice, and Baldwin when all three are healthy are only getting like 4 or 5 catches at most, then you factor in the plays that McCoy and Miller get at TE, plus whatever throws go to the backs how many plays are left over for another WR. I know there are injury questions with rice and Baldwin even Tate battled injuries last year and depth is great but is spending a number 1 draft pick on a Guy who would only get 1 or two plays a game unless there an injury the right move. also keeping UN mind that most reciecers are not ready right away how much depth would a rookie WR actually provide. This is where I like an Colby or a DT more the a WR because a player at those positions has a clear path to get on the field and upgrade a position not just provide depth. That. being said if there was A WR that could beat out one of our top WR then that would be more interesting to me. Do you think Hopkins or any other WR in this draft would be able. to beat out any of our existing WR? If all the team needs is depth invade of injury are we not better off with a between or late round reciever the putting a 1st round Puck on a Guy who will have little oppertunity to be a playmaker? sorry if this comes off as combatitive I just have these doubts about a Wr

    • Rob Staton says:

      It’s a legitimate question, Nolan. If you draft a receiver in round one there’s always the chance they take a while to settle in. Roddy White – my comparison for Hopkins – didn’t become a consistent performer for 2-3 years in Atlanta. Golden Tate has hit it off this year after two quiet seasons. Of course, both players saw an upturn in performance when each franchise drafted a legitimate starting quarterback.

      My argument for drafting a receiver would be that the position still carries a degree of importance and for the Seahawks to keep building with Wilson, he’s going to need more weapons. Depth is crucial – because you wouldn’t want to ask Wilson to play with scrubs if Rice, Tate or Baldwin dropped out. While the receiver might play a limited role in years 1-2, that could reap rewards if in that time he grows into an elite performer ready to be the teams long-term option as a #1 target. In the meantime, you let him act at the #3 or #4 receiver. It might not carry an immediate dividend, but the long term thinking is solid.

      At the same time, a first round WILL or DT might play straight away. But defensive tackles have shown a similar ability to need time to grow into the league. Linebacker is more plug in and play, but you could ask whether replacing Leroy Hill and usurping Malcolm Smith is a big enough need to warrant first round consideration especially if a guy like Khaseem Greene is available in round two.

    • EFly88 says:

      I view the fact that it takes WRs a long time to develop as a big reason why the hawks should invest a top pick in WR now. 3 years is a good number to refer to when thinking about their progression. That’s the breakout year (Steve Smith, Golden Tate). In three years Sidney Rice will be about ready to move on.. he’ll be 29. At that point we’ll have a bonafide stud to come in that has been depth up until then.

      Basically having Golden Tate as your 4th WR the past two years. It is a great spot to be in. The hawks can’t keep running out Braylon Edwards, Charly Martin, and Kearse. Well-built teams don’t do that.

  10. Nolan says:

    * OLB = Colby sorry posted from my phone

  11. dave crockett says:

    Hopkins is the kind of receiver I’d “gamble” on in the first round in a heartbeat. He doesn’t jump off the screen in any one category, but he’s above average in virtually everything–like Jeremy Maclin. Hopkins brings a diversified portfolio of skills. He is tough enough to work in the slot; fast enough to play outside; he runs good routes; doesn’t drop easy throws and makes enough tough catches to be reliable. (I live in South Carolina and have seen a fair bit of Clemson.) The fact that Hopkins just about single-handedly dismantled a very good secondary–who, by the way, delivered some vicious hits–offsets some of my concerns about how much of his productivity is about playing off Sammy Watkins. There’s nothing to suggest that Hopkins shouldn’t be Maclinesque. That’s easily worth a non-top five pick.

    By contrast, Cordarelle Patterson (who people are still mocking to Seattle) is too risky for my taste in round 1. Patterson is off the charts with the ball in his hands but brings next to nothing else to the table. He’s very poor with his route concepts. He has poor hands (evidenced by the fact that UT had to devise so many other ways to get him the ball–they were working around a deficiency, not just being creative). Add to that, a lot of Patterson’s value is tied to kick/punt returns. Very few quality NFL starters are regular returners after their 3rd or 4th season.

    • Attyla the Hawk says:

      At this point, I’d be disappointed (although for seahawks #1 picks that’d be par for the course) to see us take Patterson if the likes of Ogletree, Cooper and Hopkins are still on the board.

  12. Darnell says:

    There’s a lot to be said for guys that really show up big in their final bowl game, essentially their final game “showcase or job application” before the draft. Shows that they take themselves and their career seriously rather then play not to get hurt with their eyes towards the draft. Hopkins showed up huge.

    It often translates as well; RG3, Hakeem Nicks amongst others were massive in their final college games.

    • David says:

      Not trying to start anything but i believe the huskies played RG3 in the Alamo bowl last year and RG3 got out played by Price, RG3 only had 1 td i believe while running one in, well guess it wasnt too bad but it wasnt a massive game i dont believe.

      im still hoping we get Hopkins or Ogletree,

      it would be nice get Ogletree in round 1 with coleman/wheaton in a later round

  13. Cysco says:

    I think what I love most about Hopkpins is how he handles himself once he scores a touchdown. Takes the ball and tosses it to the reff. No silly dance. No spiking the ball over the goalpost.

    It’s like Berry Sanders used to say. When you score, act like you’ve been there before and like you’ll be there again.

    Very mature and down to business. That seems increasingly rare for the WR position. He really does seem to be the Russell Wilson of wide receivers. Get that man a seahawks jersey!

  14. David says:

    I know were talking WR and DT more so as a 1st round pick but what do you think of Xavier Rhodes as a Depth Pick? you think he will be there in the mid to late rounds? or even David Amerson?

    With Thurmond going back to the IR, is he just injury prone or is it more of Pete kind of rushing him back?

    Pete likes the big Physical corners so i was curious about those two

    • GH says:

      I was thinking about Amerson, too. But I can’t see them going that direction in round 1, and I would be surprised he’ll be around when they get to that somewhat concerning nickle DB spot.

    • MJ says:

      Sanders Commings…guarantee he is a Hawk. 6’2″ 218 and is a mean SOB. Future Browner clone/replacement. Will be a guy in a few years, everyone will say, “how’d he last til the 4th round?”

      • Recon_Hawk says:

        I noticed him against FSU. He definitely has the size they are looking for. I checked out a N. Illinois board and they seemed very excited about the kid who was just a Walk-on 4 years ago, though they said he can make dumb mistake occasionally trying too hard to make a play…Sounds just like Browner lol.

        Worth keeping an eye on his measurables during his pro day or combine.

    • Rob Staton says:

      Rhodes is a R2-3 guy for me. I’d consider him in the third. Not a huge fan but he fits the Seattle style of cornerback. I’m not a fan of Amerson at all. Too slow, easy to beat. I think he’s a late rounder at best and might need to move to cornerback.

  15. GH says:

    I’m down with this guy as a first round pick. He shows things the other guys highlighted thus far have not.

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