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.
With that, Big Board 1.0: