NFL draft order: Redskins currently sit in fifth spot


Is USC’s Matt Barkley the Redskins’ next starting quarterback? (STEVE DYKES/AP)

Where will the Redskins pick? Whom will they pick?

If the season ended today, the 4-9 Redskins would earn the fifth pick of the draft. Winless Indianapolis would land the top pick, followed by the Minnesota Vikings and St. Louis Rams. The Carolina Panthers, Redskins, Cleveland Browns, Miami Dolphins, Jacksonville Jaguars and Tampa Bay Buccaneers all own 4-9 records. But currently -- because of strength of schedule – Carolina would win the fourth pick, and Washington would come next, according to ESPN’s Stats & Information research department.

This all could change in the next three weeks.

But say the Redskins do remain in that fifth spot, what player would they take?

After addressing the defense with the first two picks of the 2011 draft, Mike Shanahan & Co. are expected to target offensive needs in the 2012 draft, and quarterback appears to be the most pressing.

CBSsports.com’s Rob Rang and Chad Reuter both have Washington taking USC’s Matt Barkley.

Former NFL scout and Sporting News draft analyst Russ Lande has Washington taking Baylor’s Robert Griffin III.

Judging by DCprosportsreport.com’s database of 38 early mock drafts, Barkley is the favorite to fall into Washington’s lap given the current draft order, although Griffin and Oklahoma quarterback Landry Jones rank among the most popular picks as well.

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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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