Brent Yarina, Senior Editor, May 2, 2015

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Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

The drought is over.

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Former Iowa offensive tackle Brandon Scherff was selected No. 5 by the Washington Redskins in the 2015 NFL Draft on Thursday night, ending the Big Ten's streak of no top 10 picks since 2008.

The run of futility spanned six drafts – although the conference thrice featured the No. 11 pick (Penn State's Aaron Mabin, 2009; Wisconsin's J.J. Watt, 2011; and Michigan's Taylor Lewan, 2014) – since Michigan's Jake Long went No. 1 in 2008.

Scherff, the 2014 Big Ten Offensive Lineman of the Year, is Iowa's fourth straight multi-year starting left tackle to be drafted in the first round.