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By Chris Burke
August 28, 2014
College Football
SI.com's complete 2014 college football preview coverage

Consider this a jumping-off point, a starting line for the next eight or so months until the 2015 draft. The first SI Big Board of the draft year may not even look the same now as it does come Monday, after we finally get another chance to see most of these players in action again. As the college football season kicks off, though, the following 40 players stand out as legitimate NFL prospects.

The usual Big Board reminder applies: This is not a mock draft. In other words, where the players are positioned here is based more on their talent and not on where you should expect them to be drafted.

2014 College Football Predictions | Bowl projections | Preseason Top 25

With that, Big Board 1.0:

HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
OUT
HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
IN
Eagle (-2)
Birdie (-1)
Bogey (+1)
Double Bogey (+2)