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Many felt the Cincinnati Bengals would take a linebacker with their first pick of the 2019 NFL Draft. Instead, they waited until Round Three picking a player in Germain Pratt that brings great versatility.
Pratt is a great example of a prospect using a college strength program to develop into a different player at the college level. Coming out of High Point (NC) High School, Pratt was as a three-star 6-foot-2, 190-pound safety prospect holding reported offers from Notre Dame, Tennessee, Virginia, Wake Forest, North Carolina and East Carolina before picking the Wolfpack.
Was a back-up safety as a true freshman after enrolling early at North Carolina State. Stayed at safety as a sophomore before missing his junior season with a shoulder injury that required surgery. During this missed season, Pratt moved to linebacker, added weight to his frame and returned to the field rotating with two senior starters becoming the teams fourth-leading tackler despite not making any starts. This past season saw increased reps as a starter ending with 104 total tackles, six sacks and 10.5 tackles for loss in 11 games having missed his teams’ final game of the season and choosing to sit out the Wolfpacks bowl game.
Projected as a player capable of becoming a future starter who can play multiple linebacker spots bringing the size and speed you look for. Still learning the position having played in the secondary in high school and early in his college career. Pratt has coverage skills and moves well laterally with solid burst but needs to become a player that hits the film room hard.
Pratt is still raw as a linebacker but bring great upside. A bigger linebacker than Devin Bush, Pratt may be a better overall fit. We love the versatility Pratt brings to the field as he can cover tight ends, blitz, go sideline-to-sideline and most importantly, make tackles. Should be an upgrade with a chance to be a starter as a rookie. Has football speed not track speed but still ran a 4.57 40-yard dash while showing explosiveness with a 32.5-inch vertical jump.