Big Board: The next 25

Ryan Shazier of Ohio State will be a contender for the Big Ten defensive player of the year. Joe Robbins/Getty Images

The pool I consider for the first Big Board of the year usually consists of about 50 to 60 players. In a nutshell, I'd consider that group all capable of achieving first-round consideration in the 2014 NFL draft, and I fully expect a number of other players to emerge. Since I'm sure you're curious to see beyond the Big Board, I've added the next 25.

As with the Big Board, all juniors and draft-eligible sophomores have been noted with an asterisk.

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26. Ryan Shazier *, LB, Ohio St.

One of the most instinctive LBs in college football; the only question is size.

27. Brandon Coleman *, WR, Rutgers

A huge target at 6-foot-5, Coleman can overwhelm most cornerbacks.

28. De'Anthony Thomas *, RB/WR, Oregon