With college football just a couple of weeks away, it's not too early to get a sense of the top NFL prospects you'll be seeing. And hey, it's only nine months until the 2019 NFL draft. So after a summer of pounding tape, and maybe a couple of rounds of golf, here's a start.
Here is our preseason evaluation of the top 32 players for next year's draft. As always, a ton will change between now and next April, so follow along as this list changes.
Note: Underclassmen are marked with an asterisk.
1. Ed Oliver, DT, Houston*
You don't want to have to block this dude. Oliver explodes out of his stance, has elite initial quickness and is totally disruptive and usually unblockable one-on-one. He has great range and always plays hard. And he wasn't even 100 percent last season. Watch out.
Key stat: posted 39.5 tackles for loss in just two seasons
2. Nick Bosa, DE, Ohio State*
An elite talent (with elite bloodlines), Bosa isn't just a gifted pass-rusher -- he always knows where the ball is and is active against the run. He projects best as a 4-3 defensive end in the NFL but is scheme-versatile with his length and power.
Key stat: piled up 23.0 tackles for loss in two years, and jumped to 8.5 sacks in 2017