2016 NFL DRAFT

Mike Evans, WR

School: Texas A&M  |  Conference: SEC
College Experience: Sophomore  |  Hometown: Galveston, TX
Height/Weight: 6-5 / 231 lbs.
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05/12/2014 - A closer look at the Buccaneers' picks: Round 1/7 - Mike Evans, WR, 6-5, 230, Texas A&M ... Evans, who did not play football until his senior year of high school, give the Bucs another big target opposite 6-foot-5 receiver Vincent Jackson. The Bucs believe Evans has the best hands of any player in the draft and his 4.53 speed will allow him to stretch the defense. - The Sports Xchange

05/12/2014 - All offense for Bucs in draft...Lovie Smith is a defensive-minded head coach. So it seemed strange that his first draft with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers would consist of six offensive players for the first time in club history. "What can I say? First off, you can't assume people are a certain way," Smith said. "I do believe in offense. You just can't win by just playing defense. I know I've been telling you guys that. I think now the actions are speaking a little bit louder than the words." Something else stood out about the Bucs' draft. In fact, it stood tall.

The Bucs began the draft by taking 6-foot-5 Texas A&M receiver Mike Evans. Shortly after drafting 6-foot-5 tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins from Washington in the second round of the draft Friday, Bucs general manager Jason Licht coined the team's towering collection of pass catchers. "The Dunk-a-neers," he said. "Maybe we're starting a trend with these big guys with catch radiuses. It wasn't on our manual; we need to find a 6-foot-5 guy today," Licht said. "It just worked out that way and we're happy about it." - The Sports Xchange

05/08/2014 - 2014 DRAFT SCOUT FINAL TOP 100: 9/2. *Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M, 6-5, 231, 4.46, 1...Huge target with great hands and the physicality and attitude to take on the toughest and mouthiest of cornerbacks. Like his college battery-mate, quarterback Johnny Manziel, Evans has not convinced everybody his talent and production can be sustained at the next level. His big body, long-striding style and strong hands worked well in college, but he must learn to create more separation in the NFL, where his size won't give him as much of an advantage and his route running will need to be more precise. Frankly: If he keeps attitude within productive parameters he can be a force. Basketball was his first love and that explains excellent hands and ability to go get the ball in a crowd. Based on his rugged football style, Evans must have fouled out of a lot of basketball games, but NFL defenders and officials won't let him arm bar and push off. - Frank Cooney, NFLDraftScout.com

05/07/2014 - Five players who should be on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' draft radar...WR Mike Evans, Texas A&M: The Bucs feature a legitimate star in Vincent Jackson but he's entering his 10th NFL season. Further, the trade of Williams leaves the team without proven complementary targets or as a potential replacement as Jackson slows down. At 6-foot-5, 231 pounds, Evans offers a similar frame, enough speed to challenge vertically and the combination of body control and physicality to challenge Sammy Watkins as the top receiver on some club's boards. Providing McCown with two massive targets could lead to his enjoying similar success in Tampa as he had as stunning injury replacement for Jay Cutler in Chicago, passing for 13 touchdowns against just one interception. While Evans is an intriguing candidate at No. 7, this year's extraordinarily deep receiver crop could give the Bucs options later, should they go in another direction (or trade down) in the first round. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

05/06/2014 - Dane Brugler's 2014 NFL Draft Final Top-50: 8. Mike Evans WR, Texas A&M (6-5, 231, 4.53, rSO)...A physical, imposing target, Evans was Johnny Football's No. 1 target and safety valve in College Station the past two seasons. He isn't the most fluid athlete, but he boxes out defenders and has a large catching radius to dominate at the catch point. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

05/06/2014 - The Sports Xchange 2014 NFL Draft Best Team Fit: Tampa Bay Buccaneers...WR Mike Evans, Texas A&M: Since Clemson receiver Sammy Watkins will likely be gone when the Bucs make the seventh overall selection, Evans gives the Bucs another big target for Josh McCown, and more important, someone who can stretch the defense. He reminds a lot of scouts of a young Vincent Jackson. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange

05/06/2014 - The Sports Xchange 2014 NFL Draft Best Team Fit: Detroit Lions...WR Mike Evans, Texas A&M: The Lions have spent a lot of time on the top players in the draft, including Clemson receiver Sammy Watkins. The odds are long against the Lions trading up to the second or third pick, which they would need to do to land Watkins. The fallback would be Evans, a big-bodied, deep-threat receiver. He would line up opposite Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate would be used more in the slot. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange

05/06/2014 - Five players who should be on Detroit's draft radar...WR Mike Evans, Texas A&M: The Lions already have the best wide receiver in football on the roster, would they really draft another pass-catcher in the top-10? If Mike Evans is still on the board, it's a very real possibility. After all, the goal of the NFL Draft is to improve the roster and make the team better and Detroit has struggled to find a consistent No. 2 option next to Johnson. A former basketball star, Evans plays the game like a power forward, using his body and strength to box out defenders and high point the football with authority. He is still raw as a route runner and needs time to develop, but his long strides eat up grass in a hurry with the quick feet to explode after the catch and be a threat with the ball in his hands. With Golden Tate signing as a free agent, Evans wouldn't have to be the No. 2 right away, but should be able to develop into that role at some point during his rookie year. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

04/29/2014 - 2014 NFL Draft Wide Receiver: *Mike Evans, Texas A&M, 6-5, 231, 4.53...Huge target with great hands and the physicality and attitude to take on the toughest and mouthiest of cornerbacks. Like his college battery-mate, quarterback Johnny Manziel, Evans has not convinced everybody his talent and production can be sustained at the next level. His big body, long-striding style and strong hands worked well in college, but he must learn to create more separation in the NFL, where his size won't give him as much of an advantage and his route running will need to be more precise.

Frankly: Basketball was his first love and that explains excellent hands and ability to go get the ball in a crowd. Based on his rugged football style, Evans must have fouled out of a lot of basketball games, but NFL defenders and officials won't let him arm bar and push off. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange

04/15/2014 - Five players who should be on the San Francisco 49ers' draft radar: WR Mike Evans, Texas A&M: To nab Evans, the 49ers would clearly have to trade up. Given their stacked roster and 11 draft picks, San Francisco certainly possesses the ammunition to consider such a bold move. And considering that San Francisco has already visited privately with the potential top-10 pick, it appears that the club is intrigued by the option. At 6-foot-5, 231 pounds, Evans has the height to battle Seattle's monster cornerbacks. His long arms and physicality make him a nightmare to defend at the catch-point, as he was routinely able to box-out collegiate defenders on jump-balls and beat them deep with his rare speed (4.53), drawing plenty of comparisons to Tampa Bay Bucs' star Vincent Jackson along the way.

Sure the 49ers boast two dependable possession receivers in Michael Crabtree already but neither possesses Evans' ability to stretch the field. Given Boldin's age (will turn 34 in October) and Crabtree's struggles with durability and pending contract (he's entering the final year of his rookie contract), the 49ers may see adding a weapon to take advantage of Kaepernick's big arm as their top priority. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

04/04/2014 - 2014 NFL Draft: Mike Evans' stock rises with Williams trade...Evans, the second-rated wide receiver and No. 13 overall prospect by NFLDraftScout.com, is a long-strider who has been compared to Jackson by NFLDraftScout.com since last year due to his combination of size, physicality and body control. Some scouts believe Evans helped "make" Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel, and the redshirt sophomore has increased his stock since the end of the season - highlighted by his 4.53-second 40-yard dash time he was credited with at the Scouting Combine. There is little doubt the Bucs will target a receiver earlier in the Draft. Of the other six receivers they have on the current roster, only Louis Murphy has more than two years of NFL experience, and the sixth-year veteran caught only six passes for the New York Giants last season. - The Sports Xchange

04/04/2014 - 2014 NFL Draft: Mike Evans' stock rises with Williams trade...The biggest winner out of Friday's trade of wide receiver Mike Williams to the Buffalo Bills could ultimately prove to be Mike Evans. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were aggressive in reshaping their roster under new general manager Jason Licht and head coach Lovie Smith, and were set to enter the 2014 NFL Draft with plenty of directions they could go with the No. 7 overall pick. In dealing Williams, however, the Bucs now have a clear need for a playmaking wide receiver opposite Vincent Jackson.

NFLDraftScoutcom's Rob Rang projects the Bucs to land Clemson's Sammy Watkins at No. 7, but there figures to be plenty of jockeying in front of Tampa Bay come draft day for the most dynamic wideout in this draft. Fellow analysis Dane Brugler projects Watkins to the Oakland Raiders two picks earlier, and a number of teams could be interested in leapfrogging the Bucs should Watkins still be on the board. That could bring Evans into play with the seventh pick. At 6-feet-5 and 231 pounds, Evans would team with Jackson (6-5, 230) to give new starting quarterback Josh McCown the type of super-sized combo he excelled with Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery in Chicago last season. Smith also helped bring Marshall and Jeffery to Chicago as head coach of the Bears. - The Sports Xchange

04/03/2014 - 2014 NFL Draft: Week 4 Pro Days takeaways...2. Evans the top WR? Sticking with receivers, Texas A&M's Mike Evans wasn't the main attraction at Thursday's pro day down in College Station (he shouldn't feel bad, neither was a former U.S. President), but he created some buzz for himself with his performance catching the ball during Johnny Manziel's much ballyhooed workout. Evans showed strong, crisp routes with sharp footwork to plant-and-go with some natural explosion out of his breaks. He also caught everything thrown his way with his large catching radius to snare throws all around him.

While Sammy Watkins is the frontrunner to be the top wideout selected on draft day, don't count out Evans, who is considered the No. 1 player at his position by several NFL teams. The 6-5, 231-pound pass catcher didn't perform any agility drills, standing on his 4.51 40-yard dash from the combine, but was still impressive catching the ball and while many in attendance came to watch Manziel, they left talking about Evans (including me). - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

04/03/2014 - 2014 Pro Days: Johnny Manziel knocks it out of the park at pro day...While Manziel was the main attraction, Evans was equally impressive, looking sharp in his cuts and catching everything thrown his way. He didn't do any agility drills, only routes during Manziel's scripted passing session, but he did enough to create some buzz among the crowd. While Clemson's Sammy Watkins is expected to be the top wideout drafted, there are several NFL teams who have the 6-5, 231-pound Evans as the top wide receiver on their board so it shouldn't be surprising when Evans comes off the board early, maybe even ahead of Watkins. With former president George H.W. Bush and his wife Barbara in attendance, along with hundreds of cameras and media, Manziel stepped onto the field to unsensored rap music in camouflage Nike shorts as if walking to the ring for a main event. And as his quarterback coach said, Manziel stepped up and knocked it out of the park. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

02/20/2014 - 2014 NFL Draft Scout Pre-Combine Top 64 Prospects: 13. *Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M, 6-5, 225, 4.58, 1...Like his college battery-mate, quarterback Johnny Manziel, Evans has not convinced everybody his talent and production can be sustained at the next level. His big body, long-striding style and strong hands worked well in college, but he must learn to create more separation in the NFL, where his size won't give him that much of an advantage and his route running will need to be more precise. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange

02/19/2014 - 2014 NFL Combine: 10 prospects with the most to gain/lose: 2. WR Mike Evans, Texas A&M ... Johnny Manziel will probably be drafted top-five and ahead of Evans, but he owes a good amount of his collegiate success to his Texas A&M teammate, who is a projected first rounder himself. The question for Evans is how will he go? We won't know the answer for a few more months, but many around the league believe his Combine workouts will correlate with his draft position. Everyone seems to have a guess as to what Evans will run in the 40-yard dash, some think he'll get in the 4.4's, while others forecast a number in the 4.7's. But regardless of his timed runs, Evans is most dangerous when he can box out defenders and use his strong hands to highpoint and come down with tough grabs in traffic. A 40-yard dash in the 4.52-4.58 range would just be icing on the cake. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

01/02/2014 - Texas A&M WR Evans declares for 2014 NFL Draft...Record-setting Texas A&M wide receiver Mike Evans will forego his final two seasons of collegiate eligibility and enter the 2014 NFL Draft, Aggies head coach Kevin Sumlin announced on Thursday. Evans, a redshirt sophomore from Ball High School in Galveston, Texas, was a first-team All-Southeastern Conference selection and consensus All-American in 2013, and he was a finalist for the Biletnikoff Award, which is given annually to the top receiver in college football.

"It's been a pleasure watching Mike's development as a receiver and a person the past two seasons," Sumlin said. "Mike was one of the team's hardest workers in whatever he was doing, and it paid off for him on the field. I think one of the highest compliments you can say about Mike is that he plays as hard when he doesn't have the ball in his hands as when he does. Texas A&M wishes him the best as he moves on to the next chapter in his life."

Despite playing just one season of high school football, the athletic and physical Evans was a dominant force for the Aggies. Evans broke or matched multiple school records in 2013 including single game receiving yards (twice), single game receiving touchdowns, season receiving yards and season receiving touchdowns. - Texas A&M football

01/02/2014 - Texas A&M WR Evans declares for 2014 NFL Draft..."After talking things over with Coach Sumlin and my family I have decided to enter the NFL draft," Evans said. "Thanks go to Texas A&M for giving me an opportunity to play college football. Thanks also to my coaches and teammates for helping me develop as a player and as a man. I made this decision based on what I thought was best for myself and my family."

He took down one of the oldest records in school annals when he exploded for 279 yards against then-top-ranked Alabama, which eclipsed the old mark of 250 yards set by Ken "Dude" McLean against Texas in 1965. A few weeks later, Evans broke the record again with 287 yards against Auburn. He also had four receiving touchdowns against the Tigers, which matched the school record originally set by Ryan Swope against Baylor in 2011.

For the 2013 season, Evans gained a school record 1,394 receiving yards on 69 catches with an impressive 20.2 per catch average. The consummate big-play threat, Evans was the only receiver in FBS with more than 45 catches to average more than 20 yards per catch, and he led the nation with 17 catches of 30+ yards and ranked No. 2 nationally with 28 catches of 20+ yards. He also reeled in 12 touchdown catches, which matched the school record originally set by Jeff Fuller in 2010. - Texas A&M football

12/31/2013 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: This marks the 35th bowl for Texas A&M, which has a 15-19 bowl record. This will be the first postseason trip to Atlanta for the Aggies. It's also the eastern-most bowl assignment for Texas A&M since going to the Gator Bowl to play Tennessee in 1957. The Aggies aren't shy about throwing the ball around the field and down the field and that's bound to be part of the plan against Duke. With QB Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M will put pressure on Duke's secondary. Duke has been stung by teams looking to throw the ball down field, though the Blue Devils sorted out some of those problems by the middle of the season when some of the younger defensive backs gained experienced. - The Sports Xchange

12/26/2013 - CBSSPORTS.COM ALL-AMERICANS: FIRST-TEAM OFFENSE AS NFL DRAFT PROSPECTS: WR - Mike Evans, Soph., Texas A&M: As good as Johnny Manziel has been in College Station, his downfield numbers wouldn't look nearly as impressive if it weren't for Evans. The 6-foot-5, 225-pound receiver won't wow anyone with his speed, but he's quicker than he looks and is one of the best at attacking the ball, especially in jump-ball and contested situations. Evans isn't the type of receiver who will consistently separate, but with his physical nature and competitive demeanor, he can box out and out-muscle defensive backs. A quarterback-friendly target, Evans has first-round pick written all over him. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

12/13/2013 - 2013 WALTER CAMP FIRST TEAM ALL-AMERICAN: WR Mike Evans, Texas A&M, 6-5 225, Soph., Galveston, TX...Evans, from Galveston, Texas, led the Aggies in receptions and receiving yards for the second straight year with 65 for 1,322 yards and 12 touchdowns. He broke the old record of 1,207 receiving yards set by Ryan Swope in 2011 and he matched the school record for touchdown catches originally set by Jeff Fuller in 2010.

He led the SEC in receiving touchdowns, ranked No. 2 in receiving yards and was fourth in catches. His 20.3 yards per catch were tops in the SEC among receivers with 40 or more catches. He also matched the school single game record with four receiving touchdowns against Auburn. He broke the school record for receiving yards twice with 279 vs. Alabama and then 287 vs. Auburn, and he now owns two of the top five receiving efforts in SEC history. - Texas A&M football

12/12/2013 - 2013 BILETNIKOFF AWARD FINALIST (TOP RECEIVER): Mike Evans, Texas A&M ... Evans, from Galveston, Texas, led the Aggies in receptions and receiving yards for the second straight year with 65 for 1,322 yards and 12 touchdowns. He broke the old record of 1,207 receiving yards set by Ryan Swope in 2011 and he matched the school record for touchdown catches originally set by Jeff Fuller in 2010. He led the SEC in receiving touchdowns, ranked No. 2 in receiving yards and was fourth in catches. His 20.3 yards per catch were tops in the SEC among receivers with 40 or more catches. - Texas A&M football

12/11/2013 - 2013 ALL-SEC FIRST TEAM (COACHES): WR - Mike Evans, Texas A&M ...Evans led the Aggies in receptions and receiving yards for the second straight year with 65 for 1,322 yards and 12 touchdowns. He broke the old record of 1,207 receiving yards set by Ryan Swope in 2011 and he matched the school record for touchdown catches originally set by Jeff Fuller in 2010. He led the SEC in receiving touchdowns, ranked No. 2 in receiving yards and was fourth in catches. His 20.3 yards per catch were tops in the SEC among receivers with 40 or more catches. - Texas A&M football

12/10/2013 - 2013 ASSOCIATED PRESS ALL-SEC FIRST TEAM: WR - Mike Evans, Texas A&M, 6-5, 225, So,...Evans, from Galveston, Texas, led the Aggies in receptions and receiving yards for the second straight year with 65 for 1,322 yards and 12 touchdowns. He broke the old record of 1,207 receiving yards set by Ryan Swope in 2011 and he matched the school record for touchdown catches originally set by Jeff Fuller in 2010.

He led the SEC in receiving touchdowns, ranked No. 2 in receiving yards and was fourth in catches. His 20.3 yards per catch were tops in the SEC among receivers with 40 or more catches. He also matched the school single game record with four receiving touchdowns against Auburn. - Texas A&M football

09/16/2013 - SEPT 16 COLLEGE FOOTBALL PERFORMANCE AWARDS WIDE RECEIVER PERFORMER OF THE WEEK: Mike Evans (Texas A&M)...Alabama was poised to go up three touchdowns in the fourth quarter when Texas A&M's defense slammed into T.J. Yeldon a couple of yards from the goal line, causing a fumble the Aggies recovered at the 5. Two plays later, Manziel found Mike Evans deep. The big receiver broke away from a tackler and went 95 yards for a score that made it 42-35 with 8:04 left. Manziel sprinted out of his end zone toward the other to celebrate. The crowd was alive again. Evans finished with a school-record 279 yards on seven catches.

Honorable Mention: Brandin Cooks (Oregon State), Allen Muse (Arkansas State), Quenton Bundrage (Iowa State), J.J. Worton (UCF), Devin Smith (Ohio State), Shakim Phillips (Connecticut), DaVaris Daniels (Notre Dame), Michael Campanaro (Wake Forest), Devante Davis (UNLV). - Texas A&M football/College Football Performance Awards

09/16/2013 - Texas A&M sophomore WR Mike Evans (seven catches for 279 yards, including a 95-yard touchdown catch, against Alabama) is going to create nightmares for opposing defensive coordinators. He has good speed and at 6-foot-5 has the ability to jump to make catches between smaller defensive backs when double-covered. - The Sports Xchange

09/14/2013 - Scouting the Texas A&M passing game: But Manziel showed this season he might be more dangerous with his arm. Johnny Football sped for 426 yards and three touchdowns against Sam Houston State. PLAYERS TO WATCH: WR Mike Evans has clearly been the favorite target of Aggie quarterbacks. With 13 receptions for 239 yards he has almost three times the receiving yards of the next leading receiver in that category and he's the only Texas A&M receiver with more than seven catches. - The Sports Xchange

08/29/2013 - TOP TEXAS A&M PROSPECTS FOR THE 2014 NFL DRAFT: 2. WR Mike Evans (6-4, 225, 4.58)*...With only one season of play at the collegiate level, Evans established himself as one of the elite receivers in the country. With a second dominant campaign, he might have to consider making the early jump to the NFL, especially if Manziel makes the jump.

So few big receivers actually use their greater size and strength to their advantage but Evans did precisely that against SEC competition as a redshirt freshman in 2013, leading the team with 82 catches for 1,105 yards and five scores. Evans uses his NFL-ready frame to fight through press coverage, box out defenders on jump balls and provide excellent downfield blocking for teammates. He possesses excellent body control and sticky hands to make difficult receptions. Evans challenges cornerbacks to tackle him, initiating the contact and, at times, dragging would-be tacklers for extra yardage. Evans does not possess elite speed but he is a smooth accelerator who can sneak past corners to make big plays down the field. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

08/28/2013 - PLAYERS TO WATCH IN 2013: WR Mike Evans was a freshman in 2013, but led the team with 82 catches for 1,105 yards. He and Johnny Manziel have some excellent chemistry already, a scary thought for the rest of the SEC. - The Sports Xchange

08/27/2013 - WR Mike Evans becomes Manziel's top target this season after catching 82 passes for 1,105 yards and five TDs last year. Evans was Mr. Reliable in 2012, catching at least four passes in every game. But can the sophomore continue to produce at that level without more experienced teammates like Ryan Swope around to attract the defense's attention? - The Sports Xchange

08/26/2013 - 2013 PRESEASON ALL-SEC SECOND TEAM (COACHES): WR - Mike Evans, Texas A&M,... A 2012 Freshman All-SEC selection ... started in all 13 games at wide receiver ... led the team with 82 catches for 1,105 yards (13.5 average), both freshman records ... his 82 catches rank No. 2 in school history and 1,105 receiving yards rank No. 3 ... scored five touchdowns and averaged 85.2 receiving yards per game. - Texas A&M football

07/25/2013 - 2013 PRESEASON ALL-SEC SECOND TEAM (MEDIA): WR - Mike Evans, Texas A&M (33)...A 2012 Freshman All-SEC selection ... started in all 13 games at wide receiver ... led the team with 82 catches for 1,105 yards (13.5 average), both freshman records ... his 82 catches rank No. 2 in school history and 1,105 receiving yards rank No. 3 ... scored five touchdowns and averaged 85.2 receiving yards per game. - Texas A&M football

07/18/2013 - 2013 BILETNIKOFF AWARD WATCH LIST: Mike Evans, Texas A&M, SO...Evans, from Galveston, Texas, earned Freshman All-Southeastern Conference honors after a strong debut season in the maroon and white in 2012. Evans set freshman standards for catches and receiving yards while leading the team with 82 catches for 1,105 yards. Evans ranked No. 3 in the SEC in both statistical categories. Evans had three 100-yard receiving games as a freshman and he logged four or more catches in every game. It was the second watch list appearance of the preseason for Evans, who was previously named to the Maxwell Award list. - Texas A&M football

07/16/2013 - 2013 MAXWELL AWARD WATCH LIST: WR Mike Evans, Texas A&M ...Evans, from Galveston, Texas, earned Freshman All-Southeastern Conference honors after a strong debut season in the maroon and white in 2012. Evans set freshman standards for catches and receiving yards while leading the team with 82 catches for 1,105 yards. Evans ranked No. 3 in the SEC in both statistical categories. Evans had three 100-yard receiving games as a freshman and he logged four or more catches in every game. - Texas A&M football

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05/12/2014 - A closer look at the Buccaneers' picks: Round 1/7 - Mike Evans, WR, 6-5, 230, Texas A&M ... Evans, who did not play football until his senior year of high school, give the Bucs another big target opposite 6-foot-5 receiver Vincent Jackson. The Bucs believe Evans has the best hands of any player in the draft and his 4.53 speed will allow him to stretch the defense. - The Sports Xchange
 

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