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An explosive receiver capable of turning short routes into large gains, Watkins is considered one of the best at his position in the draft and expected to be a high first-round selection. He proved durable through three years with Clemson, setting team records with 240 catches and 3,391 yards while hauling in 27 touchdowns. He turned in his best season yet as a junior, leading the ACC with 1,464 yards while accumulating a career-best 101 receptions with 12 TDs. Watkins - who joined Herschel Walker, Marshall Faulk and Adrian Peterson as the only first-year freshmen to be named a first-team All-American in 2011 - capped his collegiate career with a stellar display in the Orange Bowl, setting career highs with 16 catches and 227 yards with two scores while leading the Tigers to a 40-35 win over No. 7 Ohio State. In addition to his consistent production, scouts are impressed with Watkins' speed - he clocked a 4.41 in the 40-yard dash at the combine and was a track star at both 100 and 200 meters in high school. However, his route-running will need refinement . His character is also a question after a two-game suspension in 2012 following his arrest for marijuana possession and possession of a controlled substance. Watkins' height could be a problem, as some teams may consider him undersized to be a No. 1 option in the passing game. His speed and breakaway ability, though, may outweigh those concerns and land him on a team looking for reliable hands in the slot.