Germaine Pratt

North Carolina State

Prospect Info

College
North Carolina State
Hometown
Class
NC
r-Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 2"
240 lbs
31 5/8”
Hands
9 1/8”

Prospect Grade

5.63
Chance to Become NFL Starter
How We Grade

2019 Draft Results

Drafted by
Cincinnati
Bengals
Round 3 ‧ Pick 9
Go to Pick
40 Yard Dash
4.57u
Seconds
 
Bench Press
24
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
32.5
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
116.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
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20 Yd Shuttle
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60 Yd Shuttle
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Playlist

Pratt only started one game in three years with the Wolfpack but played in all 39 games as a valued contributor. The former first-team All-State defensive back from North Carolina played free safety for his first two years, making 32 tackles and three pass breakups in 2014 and 32 tackles and an interception in 2015. He redshirted in 2016 after undergoing shoulder surgery and moved from safety to linebacker during that time; Pratt also changed his uniform number from 31 to 3 because he is one of three siblings. Part of a three-man rotation at linebacker in 2017, Pratt compiled 69 tackles, 5.5 for loss, two interceptions, and two pass breakups. He became a leader on defense as a senior, even earning first-team All-ACC honors by racking up 104 tackles, a team-high 10.5 for loss, while tying for the team lead with six sacks despite playing in 11 games (all starts). Pratt missed the regular-season finale with an ankle injury, then decided to sit out the team's bowl game to prepare for the NFL Draft.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Round 4
NFL Comparison
Tahir Whitehead
Overview
Free safety-turned-linebacker with good cover skills who has filled out his frame and checks the size and speed boxes, but Pratt is still in the process of learning to man his position. He plays upright in space and is unorthodox and inconsistent in taking on blocks and finding his run fits. However, he plays with good lateral athleticism and burst and found his way to the football enough to fill out the stat sheet in his lone year as a starter. He will continue to improve with time and could become an eventual starter at either SAM or WILL.
Strengths
  • Has experience at inside and outside linebacker
  • Posted production in all the statistical columns in 2018
  • Controlled stepper in scrape to pursue
  • Plays with adequate short-area stop-and-go movement
  • Backside lateral burst to find playside tackles
  • Play speed to range and chase
  • Above-average reactive twitch to get in on tackles from tough angles
  • Takes pride as a striker and tackle finisher
  • Runs feet and wraps up through contact
  • Times up blitzes and lays into quarterbacks
  • Former safety with fluid, fast drops in space
  • Has ability to cover tight ends
Weaknesses
  • Only one year of starting experience
  • Needs plenty of work with take-on technique, including hand-usage
  • Plays with tight ankles and below-average bend
  • Awkward and upright into contact
  • Not a natural gap-filler
  • Skills to process are underdeveloped
  • Lacks some feel for blocking schemes and play development
  • No awareness for when he's stepping into trap blocks
  • Run fits can feel random at times
  • High pad level limits change-of-direction quickness
GRADE
9.00-10
Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99
Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99
Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49
Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99
Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49
Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99
Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49
NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19
Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00
50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99
Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74
Chance to be in an NFL training camp
NO GRADE
Likely needs time in developmental league