Lande's Big Board: Le'Veon Bell makes biggest jump

On Tuesday’s “The Next Level,” our resident NFL draft expert Russ Lande released his latest Big Board. The top three names stayed the same (William Gholston, Kawann Short and Johnathan Hankins), while Le’Veon Bell made the biggest jump and John Simon is the lone newcomer. Watch Lande break down his updated Big Board now.

[Related: Tom Dienhart’s top 3 Big Ten Heisman Trophy candidates]

Russ Lande’s Big Board (9/11/12)
1. William Gholston, DE, Michigan State
2. Kawann Short, DT, Purdue
3. Johnathan Hankins, DT, Ohio State
4. Montee Ball, RB, Wisconsin
5. Michael Buchanan, DE, Illinois
6. Le’Veon Bell, RB, Michigan State
7. Akeem Spence, DT, Illinois
8. John Simon, DE, Ohio State
9. Jonathan Brown, LB, Illinois
10. Taylor Lewan, LT, Michigan

Interesting notes on the Big Board:

  • Seven of the 10 guys play defense; six of who are linemen.
  • Illinois has three players listed, more than any other school.
  • Montee Ball, Le’Veon Bell and Jonathan Brown are the only non-linemen on the list.

Lande also touched on his Big Board in this special internet-only segment:

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Kelly Rumpel on 9/12/2012 @ 10:19am EST Said:

How does Illinois have 3 of the top 10 draft-eligible players, yet there defense isn’t all that stout?