For those of you college football fans out there who got sick of the perpetual media fawning over former Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck last summer, well, get ready.
There’s a new quarterback on the block, USC’s Matt Barkley, who’s about to receive the same type of cover-boy treatment that Luck did last offseason.
When Barkley announced his decision to return for his senior year, he immediately became the early favorite to win the 2012 Heisman Trophy and be the No. 1 pick in the 2013 NFL draft.
Like Luck, Barkley has everything you look for in a potential franchise signal-caller. However, that certainly doesn’t mean that he’ll be the only college quarterback that NFL teams will be keeping a close eye on during the 2012 season.
Barkley may be this year’s “it” quarterback prospect, but there are plenty of other passers who will be looking to steal the spotlight away from him next season, just as Robert Griffin III did to Luck in 2011.
Here’s a look at college football’s top 15 eligible quarterback prospects for the 2013 NFL draft.