The 2019 version of the Pick-3 contest has come to an end, with dcbornskin outdistancing the competition by predicting three draft picks in the correct rounds to accumulate 28 points.
In a “first ever” accomplishment, dcbornskin successfully double-dipped in a round where the Redskins were slated to have only one pick — the first round. When the Redskins traded up to pick Montez Sweat, dcbornskin, who had listed both Haskins and Sweat among his three picks at #15 overall, managed a sweet first-time-ever 12 points in the first round. His only other correct prediction was Ross Pierschbaher in the 5th round, but those three players were enough to give him the highest point total in the competition.
Close on his heels were two entrants who scored 26 points each: SkinsaneAsylum and MattinBrisVegas, though they took very different paths to that point total.
Our 2017 contest winner, SkinsaneAsylum pushed hard to repeat as champion, and actually predicted 4 players correctly, though Bryce Love — taken in the 4th, when the contest didn’t have any entries available — only returned 5 points, along with Kevin Harmon, who was drafted three rounds later than SkinsaneAsylum predicted. Harmon was a popular pick in this contest, but nearly every entrant had him in the third round; either the Redskins got great value on that pick, or the mock draft cottage industry dramatically misjudged the NFL love for Harmon. SkinsaneAsylum was one of the many to correctly pick Montez Sweat in the first round, and one of 5 entrants to correctly predict Terry McLaurin in the third round.
MattinBrisVegas, a newcomer to the contest, had a strong showing. He was one of the four others to predict Harmon in the third, and he made the rest of his points by being one of the six entrants to correctly project Ross Pierschbaher in the 5th round.
Along with SkinsaneAsylum, aamir_rono was the only other entrant to correctly predict four players drafted by Washington this weekend, but only his prediction of Montez Sweat in the first round matched up with the actual round used to select the player, so his point total of 21 put him in a tie for 4th place with Fumble!, who predicted 3 players correctly, with two being projected to the correct round.
I don’t use a sophisticated program for tracking the results - just an excel spreadsheet. And, because it’s impossible to get entrants to use a standard format for submitting the players’ names, I rely on visual scanning to score the contest and gather information. I wanted to see which players selected by the Redskins outside of the first round were predicted the most frequently by the 38 entrants in the contest. There’s a pretty good chance I miscounted, but, scanning the spreadsheet, I counted:
- Ross Pierschbacher - 10
- Bryce Love - 10
- Kelvin Harmon - 8
- Terry McLaurin - 8
For the most part, Love was drafted a bit earlier than predicted, and Harmon was taken much later than predicted, while Pierschbacher and McLaurin were taken close to the spots where entrants expected them to go.
Here’s a look at the top scorers in the contest, each of whom correctly projected at least two players drafted by the Redskins this weekend:
Please note: as always, I use a spreadsheet and visual scanning for scoring, as my supercomputer is being repaired. If anyone spots an error in my score calculation, please feel free to point it out to me in the comments section so that I can fix it and offer an apology.
Here’s a reminder of the incredible prize on offer in the Pick-3 contest:
Any contest is only as good as the value of the prize for winning, so here’s the deal; the winner will be entitled to the same ‘great’ prize as last year. Once you’ve been named the winner, make an appointment with me, show up in Bangkok, and I’ll buy drinks for the two of us all night long at the bar or pub of your choice.
Hopefully dcbornskin has a plane or boat ticket to Bangkok, as I now owe him a night of drinks. This would probably be a good place to mention that the prize is not transferable, though, since neither SkinsaneAsylum nor Marooook! have yet collected their winnings from the 2017 and 2018 contests, maybe the three of them will want to travel together. As I mentioned in a recent comment, the prize expires when I do.
I’m excited that dcbornskin and so many others were successful at projecting the Redskins 2019 draft picks, but I’m even more excited for the ten young men who are now Washington Redskins, and for the impact I expect this draft class to have on the team. Congratulations to all of them!!
The NFC East is on notice; the roster has been re-loaded; nine healthy rookies will don burgundy and gold this preseason to put a younger, faster team on the field in DC, and we’re coming after New York, Dallas an Philly, so get ready!