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Who can follow Deshaun Watson and other departing stars?

Clemson has three highly ranked QB recruits racing to replace Deshaun Watson. Bill Frakes for ESPN

Every year, some of the biggest names in college football are forced to move on -- usually to the NFL -- while fans are left with fond memories and a hope that the next man up can find at least a glimmer of the greatness of his predecessor. As some legends and stars finish their college careers, there is either another great player in the pipeline or perhaps a situation where it takes years to come close to the legend's previous production. (Hello, Florida Gators -- still miss Tim Tebow?) What will happen after this year's top players move on? Let's have a look.

*Players ordered from most difficult to replace to easiest to replace, with each team's likely replacement plan taken into account.