The 2015 NFL draft is shaping up to be a compelling one, in large part because there is not a clear-cut top dog this season.
All of the names in the top 10 and most in the top 25 here should be familiar if you glanced at Big Board 1.0 back before the college football season began. Beyond that, there have been some changes.
The 2015 NFL draft is shaping up to be a compelling one, in large part because -- and apologies to the Raiders, Jaguars or whichever other team may wind up with the No. 1 pick -- there is not a clear-cut top dog this season. This class more resembles its 2013 counterpart (Eric Fisher went No. 1 that year) than 2012 (Andrew Luck) or '14 (Jadeveon Clowney).
The drop-off from mid-Round 1 to Rounds 2 and 3 also might not be that noticeable, meaning that teams will head into the draft hoping to find multiple early contributors.
(A brief aside before we dive into the top 40: WR Dorial Green-Beckham is not included. The ex-Missouri Tiger is sitting out this season after transferring to Oklahoma. Should he turn pro, he's definitely going to be in the Round 1 mix. At present, though, there is too much uncertainty surrounding his situation.)
Plenty of storylines are left to unfold during the pre-draft process. As of mid-October, here's how the Big Board shapes up: