By all accounts, the NFL Combine has been a productive time for Clemson's first four participants - Brandon Thomas, Tajh Boyd, Sammy Watkins and Martavis Bryant. Bashaud Breeland is in the Combine's final group, and will go through his paces on Tuesday.
While Watkins failed to quite live up to his intentions of "shocking the world" with his 40-yard dash performance, his back-to-back sub-4.40 (unofficial) clockings on Sunday were more than enough to cement his status at the top of the draft table.
Watkins was unofficially clocked at 4.34 seconds in his first attempt and followed it up with a 4.37 second encore. NFL.com later provided a revised "official" time of 4.43 seconds for Watkins.
Bryant matched Watkins with an unofficial best of 4.34, with an adjusted time of 4.42. Officially, Bryant placed ninth among the entire wide receivers-running backs-quarterbacks group that worked out on Sunday, with Watkins 11th.
Both Watkins and Bryant ranked among the best of the wide receivers in the broad jump, with Watkins placing fifth at 10-6 and Bryant eighth at 10-4.
Bryant placed sixth in the vertical jump at 39-0, while Watkins' vertical jump was 34.0.
Boyd registered a 40 time of 4.84 seconds, which placed him seventh among quarterbacks. Virginia Tech's Logan Thomas led the group with a time of 4.61, Miami's Stephen Morris was second at 4.63, followed by South Carolina's Connor Shaw at 4.66 and Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel at 4.69.
As the afternoon progressed, Watkins continued working his way through various timing stations and skill drills, reinforcing opinion that in terms of the whole package, he's in a class by himself among a deep and talented group of wide receivers.
Two of Bleacher Report's lead NFL writers were particularly effusive in their praise of Watkins.
"Watkins has a unique ability to win in the open field," wrote Matt Bowen. "Whether that is on special teams as a kick returner, catching the ball underneath or producing off the screen/jet sweep, Watkins displays his lateral quickness to make defenders miss."
Matt Miller agreed, describing Watkins as a "dominant" player with "unlimited potential."
"He's electricity personified, showing the speed and strength to break a play open at any time," Miller wrote. "He's also a versatile wide receiver, something you rarely see coming out of college these days."
During his interview session last week, Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll raved about Watkins, although with the 32nd pick of the draft, he has no shot at the Tigers' star.
"It all goes back to the makeup of the player," said Carroll after watching Watkins' weigh-in at the Combine. "What separates that guy? What makes him such a great football player? It's all the other elements. It's not (just) his height-weight-speed. It's...his gifts.
“It’s also the experiences he's had, the coaching he's had, the opportunity to play with great players. He had a great quarterback going through college. It's all of those things that make the guys what they are.”