Tom Dienhart, Senior Writer, April 21, 2015

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Several Big Ten teams have had no trouble churning out NFL draft picks along the offensive line over the last 10 years. Recently, Iowa, Michigan, Nebraska, Ohio State, Penn State and Wisconsin have done it the best.

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In all, 73 Big Ten offensive linemen have been selected, including Maryland, Nebraska and Rutgers, since the 2005 draft. Ten of those selections were first-rounders.

But, if you had to make the pick, which school is the Big Ten's Offensive Line U?

Let's take a quick look. Also: Select your team in the poll to the right.

Wisconsin's 10 picks over the last 10 NFL drafts pace the Big Ten. The Badgers have developed a reputation for having a physical and punishing ground game ever since Barry Alvarez arrived in 1990. Year after year, and no matter the coach, the Badgers churn out 1,000-yard rushers – sometimes 2,000-yard rushers.

A big key to that success is a dominating offensive line. Four of the Badgers' picks the last 10 years were first-round selections. The highest pick? Tackle Joe Thomas went No. 3 overall to the Browns in 2007. The other first-rounders: Gabe Carimi in 2011; Kevin Zeitler in 2012; Travis Frederick in 2013.

Iowa also has been an offensive line factory under Kirk Ferentz with nine blockers drafted in the last 10 years. Two of those choices were first-round picks: Riley Reiff in 2012; Bryan Bulaga in 2010. And the Hawkeyes certainly will add to that first-round haul soon, as Brandon Scherff is projected to be a top-10 pick in this year?s draft.

The Big Ten?s only No. 1 overall pick in the last 10 drafts was an offensive lineman, as Michigan?s Jake Long was tabbed by the Dolphins at the top of the 2008 draft. He is one of seven Wolverine offensive linemen picked since 2005.

Here is a look at the Big Ten offensive lineman NFL draft leader board from 2005-14.

Wisconsin: 10

Iowa: 9

Ohio State: 8

Michigan: 7

Nebraska: 7

Penn State: 7

Illinois: 5

Purdue: 5

Indiana: 3

Maryland: 3

Rutgers: 3

Michigan State: 2

Minnesota: 2

Northwestern: 2



Jake Long, Michigan 1st 2008/Dolphins

Joe Thomas, Wisconsin 3rd 2007/Browns

Levi Brown, Penn State 5th 2007/Cardinals

Anthony Davis, Rutgers 11th 2010/49ers

Taylor Lewan, Michigan 11th 2014/Titans

Riley Reiff, Iowa 23rd 2012/Lions

Bryan Bulaga, Iowa 23rd 2010/Packers

Kevin Zeitler, Wisconsin 27th 2012/Bengals

Gabe Carimi, Wisconsin 29th 2011/Bears

Travis Frederick, Wisconsin 31st 2013/Cowboys

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