The 2012 college football season is now just a matter of weeks away, which means that it's time to start really focusing in on the top NFL prospects to watch this fall.
USC QB Matt Barkley may not be considered the same type of sure-thing prospect that this year's No. 1 overall pick, Colts QB Andrew Luck, was pumped up to be by the media last summer. Nevertheless, Barkley will still enter the season as the early face of the 2013 draft class.
This is a group that was hit hard by a record 65 early underclassmen entrants for the 2012 draft. Still, with so many potential star underclassmen coming up through the ranks, this has the chance to be just as deep of a class as the one we saw this year.
It's obviously too early to predict with any semblance of certainty what will happen next April, but when it comes to the NFL draft, it's never too early to start preparing.
With that in mind, here's a look at some early preseason 2013 NFL draft first-round projections for some of college football's top pro prospects.