The Next Level

The Next Level

The Next Level covers the Big Ten football stars from the past, present and future by tracking our shining professional players as well as those current Big Ten athletes poised to make the leap. Join Rick Pizzo, Tom Waddle, and Antwaan Randle El every Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. ET.

Week 11 Big Ten NFL standouts

Every Tuesday morning during the NFL season, Brent Yarina singles out the best offensive, defensive and special teams performances by Big Ten products and links to their NFL.com highlights. View all the former Big Ten players on NFL active rosters. See Brent’s Week 11 winners in this post.

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Lande's Big Board: A spotlight on Gholston

On Tuesday night’s “The Next Level,” BTN NFL draft expert Russ Lande revealed his latest Big Ten Big Board. His emphasis this week: Michigan State defensive end William Gholston, the same guy who spent the first few weeks of the season in the No. 1 spot. Hear what Lande thinks about Gholston and see his entire Big Board in this video.

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Week 10 Big Ten NFL standouts

Every Tuesday morning during the NFL season, Brent Yarina singles out the best offensive, defensive and special teams performances by Big Ten products and links to their NFL.com highlights. View all the former Big Ten players on NFL active rosters. See Brent’s Week 10 winners in this post.

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Week 9 Big Ten NFL standouts

Every Tuesday morning during the NFL season, Brent Yarina singles out the best offensive, defensive and special teams performances by Big Ten products and links to their NFL.com highlights. View all the former Big Ten players on NFL active rosters. See Brent’s Week 9 winners in this post.

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Week 7 Big Ten NFL standouts

Every Tuesday morning during the NFL season, Brent Yarina singles out the best offensive, defensive and special teams performances by Big Ten products and links to their NFL.com highlights. View all the former Big Ten players on NFL active rosters. See Brent’s Week 7 winners in this post.

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Lande's Big Board: Breaking down Iowa's Hyde

BTN NFL draft expert Russ Lande released his latest Big Ten Big Board on Tuesday’s “The Next Level,” and Wisconsin running back Montee Ball was the bigger mover and shaker. Ball, fresh off his career-high 247 rushing yards, moved from No. 5 to No. 3. Watch Lande break down his Big Board, with a spotlight on Iowa’s Micah Hyde, now and catch our interview with Hyde in this post.

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Week 6 Big Ten NFL standouts

Every Tuesday morning during the NFL season, Brent Yarina singles out the best offensive, defensive and special teams performances by Big Ten products and links to their NFL.com highlights. View all the former Big Ten players on NFL active rosters. See Brent’s Week 6 winners in this post.

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Lande's Big Board: New name debuts on latest list

It’s Tuesday, and that means it’s time for BTN NFL draft expert Russ Lande to reveal his latest Big Ten Big Board. Lande did just that on “The Next Level,” and the top six guys stayed the same. There’s a new name making its season debut this week: Michigan State’s Dion Sims, at No. 9. Watch Lande break down his Big Board, with a spotlight on Wisconsin’s Montee Ball, now and catch our interview with Ball in this post.

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Week 5 Big Ten NFL standouts

Every Tuesday morning during the NFL season, Brent Yarina singles out the best offensive, defensive and special teams performances by Big Ten products and links to their NFL.com highlights. View all the former Big Ten players on NFL active rosters. See Brent’s Week 5 winners in this post.

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Expert updates prospects list on 'Next Level'

Drew Brees broke Johnny Unitas’ NFL record for most consecutive games with a TD pass in 48 straight games. Did anyone see any of this coming for the former standout Purdue quarterback? And how good can Brees be when his career eventually ends? Also, Russ Lande updates his Top 10 Big Ten NFL draft prospects, and there is movement among the names. Watch last week’s list in the video in this post to get ready for tonight. Our panel discuss that and more on tonight’s “The Next Level” at 5:30 p.m. ET on BTN & BTN2Go.

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Lande's Big Board: Mauti debuts, joins us for interview

A couple days ago, Penn State LB Michael Mauti was named Walter Camp Defensive Player of the Week for his six-tackle, two-interception performance at Illinois. On Tuesday, he debuted on BTN NFL draft expert Russ Lande’s latest Big Board. Mauti entered the list at No. 9, but will concerns over his surgically repaired knees worry NFL scouts?

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Week 4 Big Ten NFL standouts

Every Tuesday morning during the NFL season, Brent Yarina singles out the best offensive, defensive and special teams performances by Big Ten products and links to their NFL.com highlights. View all the former Big Ten players on NFL active rosters. See Brent’s Week 4 winners in this post.

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Lande's Big Board: William Gholston no longer No. 1

There’s a new No. 1 player on BTN NFL draft expert Russ Lande’s weekly Big Board. Fresh off a 10-tackle performance versus UAB, Ohio State defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins flipped spots with Michigan State defensive end William Gholston, who held the top spot for the season’s first three installments. Watch Lande explain his reasoning for the switch at No. 1 and break down his latest Big Board now.

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Antwaan Randle El, Tom Waddle weigh in on MNF ending

Perhaps you heard there was a controversial ending to last night’s Monday Night Football game. Here’s the skinny, if you missed it. Crazy, huh? There’s a Big Ten angle to the play, too. The man who threw the pass that will forever live in NFL lore was former Wisconsin star QB Russell Wilson. Watch our “The Next Level” crew, including former Indiana QB and Super Bowl champ Antwaan Randle El and ex-NFL WR Tom Waddle, discuss the aftermath of the play now.

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Week 3 Big Ten NFL standouts

Every Tuesday morning during the NFL season, Brent Yarina singles out the best offensive, defensive and special teams performances by Big Ten products and links to their NFL.com highlights. View all the former Big Ten players on NFL active rosters. See Brent’s Week 3 winners in this post.

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