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2012 NFL Draft Order: Redskins Would Tie For Pick No. 5 If Season Finished Today

At 3-7, the Redskins are unlikely to make the playoffs, but it is never too early to look at where they might pick in the draft come next year.

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The Redskins' unfortunate season continues after an overtime loss at home Sunday to hated rival Dallas, 27-24. That loss leaves them with a 3-7 record and in a tie with three other teams for the No. 5 pick if the draft were today. The NFL uses several criteria to break ties between teams with the same records.

"If ties exist in any grouping except (2) above, such ties shall be broken by strength-of-schedule. If any ties cannot be broken by strength-of-schedule, the divisional or conference tie-breakers, if applicable, shall be applied. Any ties that still exist shall be broken by a coin flip."

The Redskins are in need of a quarterback of the future. Coach Mike Shanahan has accumulated some quality young pieces to build with through the draft and free agency, while also making some shrewd personnel decisions like releasing Albert Haynesworth and his mega-contract. But to be able to compete with the NFL's elite, it's all about good quarterback play: something Washington sorely misses.

At pick No. 5, Andrew Luck will almost certainly be gone, and it's possible another quarterback will be off the board as well. But, with only four players gone, there will still be plenty of quality players to draft.

Here is the top of the current NFL Draft order if the season ended today.

  1. Indianapolis Colts: 0-10.
  2. Minnesota Vikings: 2-8
  3. Carolina Panthers: 2-8
  4. St. Louis Rams: 2-8
  5. Washington Redskins: 3-7
  6. Miami Dolphins: 3-7
  7. Jacksonville Jaguars: 3-7
  8. Arizona Cardinals: 3-7
  9. Cleveland Browns: 4-6
  10. Philadephia Eagles: 4-6
  11. Seattle Seahawks: 4-6
  12. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 4-6
  13. San Diego Chargers: 4-6

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