Among the countless questions asked of Clemson head football coach Dabo Swinney was the subject of replacing the likes of Watson, Williams Gallman and Leggett.
One writer saw in the Tigers' media guide that 78 percent of the Clemson offense is now in the NFL. Swinney was ready with the answer.
"What are we going to do? Aw, man!," Swinney responded with a smile, drawing some laughter from the crowd.
"Recruit - you go recruiting. That's what you do. You don't sit around and pout about it. That's the nature of college football."
Swinney then ticked off a list of players who left, only to be replaced with players who developed into championship-caliber players.
"When Tajh Boyd was gone, it was 'How are you going to replace Tajh Boyd," Swinney said.
"Well, we went and got a guy named Deshaun Watson, He did okay. When Vic Beasley left, 'Oh my God, how're you going to replace Vic Beasley.?' Well, we got a guy named Clelin Ferrell. He did all right last year. Nobody knew anything about him this time last year. 'How are you going to replace a Grady Jarrett?' Well, we went and got a Christian Wilkins. You go recruit and then you develop your players. I think that's one of the things we do best is we develop our players. So when guys get their opportunity, they're prepared."