While the transition from college ball to the NFL is often a daunting one for most rookies, skill position players can often make an instant impact due to their supreme athleticism.
Beyond the obvious pro-ready candidates like Southern California quarterback Matt Barkley and South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore, there's a lengthy list of skill players—both on offense and defense—who should be big-time first-year contributors.
On offense, Barkley's No. 1 target—junior Robert Woods—looks primed to be a first-year starter while Clemson running back Andre Ellington displays the skills as a runner and returner to earn early playing time.
Defensively, the SEC shines as both Alabama and LSU feature a pair of pro-ready defensive backs who should be immediate starters.
Let's take a look at the 10 skill position players who will make instant impacts in 2013.