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Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 12/20/2011

2012 NFL draft watch: Redskins now in eighth spot

The Washington Redskins improved their record to 5-9 Sunday while dropping the New York Giants to 7-7 and hurting New York’s playoff chances.

But at the same time, Washington didn’t help its own draft position, sliding back a couple of spots with the victory.

The Redskins entered Sunday’s game in the fourth spot with a 4-9 record. After Sunday’s games, the Redskins held the seventh spot — then dropped to eighth because of the strength of schedule implications of San Francisco’s Monday night victory.

The Redskins and Coach Mike Shanahan are focused on finishing the season with a three-game win streak rather than the draft.

The draft order will change twice more based on game results, but it’s fun to consider.

The current draft order of the teams sitting ahead of the Redskins looks like this

1.) Indianapolis 1-13

2.) St. Louis 2-12

3.) Minnesota 2-12

4.) Jacksonville 4-10

5.) Tampa Bay 4-10

6.) Cleveland 4-10

7.) Miami 5-9

8) Washington 5-9

How would the Redskins’ chances of landing a franchise quarterback be affected if the order remains the same?

Most of the early mock drafts have USC’s Matt Barkley off the board by the fifth pick, but some have Baylor’s Robert Griffin III going in the six to seven range.

But one positive for Washington, however, is that after Indianapolis, the next five teams took quarterbacks in the last year or two (or three in Tampa Bay’s case), so Barkley or Griffin could always slide down the draft board.

By  |  09:00 AM ET, 12/20/2011

 
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