Lande's Big Board: Gholston No. 1 Big Ten NFL Prospect

On Tuesday’s season debut of “The Next Level,” our resident NFL draft expert Russ Lande released his first Big Board of the 2012 season. Michigan State’s William Gholston and Purdue’s Kawann Short top the list that includes seven defensive players. The lone offensive guys: Michigan’s Taylor Lewan, Michigan State’s Le’Veon Bell and Wisconsin’s Montee Ball. Watch Lande break down his top five Big Ten NFL draft prospects now.

[Related: Tom Dienhart’s Q&A with Purdue DT Kawann Short]

Russ Lande’s Big Board (9/4/12)
1. William Gholston, DE, Michigan State
2. Kawann Short, DT, Purdue
3. Johnathan Hankins, DT, Ohio State
4. Michael Buchanan, DE, Illinois
5. Montee Ball, RB, Wisconsin
6. Akeem Spence, DT, Illinois
7. Taylor Lewan, LT, Michigan
8. Ricardo Allen, CB, Purdue
9. Jonathan Brown, LB, Illinois
10. Le’Veon Bell, RB, Michigan State

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Penn State product and current NFL free agent Anthony Adams visited the show Tuesday to talk about his alma mater and his popular YouTube videos. Watch the interview below:


Your Opinion?
Show Comments (6 Comments)
Sam Brown on 9/5/2012 @ 4:57pm EDT Said:

No Gerald Hodges? Really guys, that’s a bit unfair. Why are you avoiding everything Penn State? Hodges has to be in the top 5 and he’s not even in the top 10. There’s still quite a fan base here. A suffering one but a solid one nonetheless.

aroznowski on 9/5/2012 @ 6:38pm EDT Said:’s new video players look nice. It’s just too bad that most of the videos from BTN’s first five years are no longer available.

LJ on 9/5/2012 @ 11:32pm EDT Said:

Johnny Adams is not even mentioned? He is the best corner in the league

Nick on 9/6/2012 @ 1:43pm EDT Said:

Tough to crack this list, Adams & Simon have to be just misses at 11 and 12. Hodges, while a very good college player, doesn’t predict to translate better than those ten on their and the two I’ve mentioned. It’s not PSU hate, just how most see it and that wouldn’t change, scandal or no scandal.

Sam Brown on 9/6/2012 @ 5:05pm EDT Said:

Hodges is the top outside linebacker available in next years draft according to He’s big (6′-3″ 240lbs), he’s fast (legitimate 4.45 speed), and he’s instinctive. Plus the last two linebackers that came out of here (Sean Lee and Navarro Bowman) are doing pretty well which gives him instant visibility. He’s actually bigger and faster than both those guys.

He’s a solid first round prospect that will impress at the Scouting Combine. I completely disagree with you Nick. We’ll see next April.

Nick on 9/6/2012 @ 5:11pm EDT Said:

I’d give it to Hodges over Lewan if that makes you feel any better😉 Lewan was totally exposed on the edge, nobody did more to hurt their draft stock than he did.