2012 NFL Draft: After loss, Redskins are seventh

With one more week in the books and another loss under their belts, the Washington Redskins have edged into the seventh spot in the projected order of the 2012 NFL draft.

Two weeks ago, Washington sat in the fifth spot, then slipped to eighth after the win over the New York Giants.

But following their loss to the Minnesota Vikings, the 5-10 Redskins move up one spot. They sit one place ahead of the Miami Dolphins, who also own a 5-10 record but a slightly tougher strength of schedule rating. Miami also beat the Redskins in head-to-head competition. Just ahead of the Redskins sit the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-11).

Obviously, things could change in the final week of the season, but here’s how the top 10 currently looks:

1.) Indianapolis 2-13

2.) St. Louis 2-13

3.) Minnesota 3-12

4.) Cleveland 4-11

5.) Jacksonville 4-11

6.) Tampa Bay 4-11

7.) Washington 5-10

8.) Miami 5-10

9.) Carolina 6-9

10.) Buffalo 6-9

The Colts are expected to take Stanford’s Andrew Luck with that top pick, but other quarterback-needy teams were dealt a blow last week when USC’s Matt Barkley announced that he will stay in school and skip the NFL draft in 2012.

That leaves Baylor’s Robert Griffin III and Oklahoma’s Landry Jones as the other top quarterback prospects, but both are underclassmen, and haven’t yet announced their plans.

Players have until Jan. 15 to declare for the draft.

More on the Redskins:

Shanahan: ‘Less depth than I thought’

Two plays sealed Redskins’ fate Saturday

Reid: Glimpses of a silver lining

Mike Jones covers the Washington Redskins for The Washington Post. When not writing about a Redskins development of some kind – which is rare – he can be found screaming and cheering at one of his kids’ softball, baseball, soccer or basketball games.

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