NC State’s Pratt makes a monster sack
The Cincinnati Bengals selected N.C. State linebacker Germaine Pratt with the 72nd pick of the third round in the 2019 NFL Draft.
Pratt, a 6-2, 240-pound linebacker played safety during his first two years at N.C. State before making the move to linebacker.
Pratt finished the 2018 season with 104 tackles, a team-high 10.5 for loss and six sacks. He skipped his team’s bowl game to get healthy and focus on the NFL draft.
NFL.com analyst Lance Zierlein wrote: “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.”
He was initially projected to be drafted in the fourth round.
“We feel like he can play all three (linebacker) spots,” Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator Lou Anarumo told reporters “He’s a guy that brings size, speed and very long arms, which is good for a linebacker to shed blocks.”
Pratt was the second N.C. State player picked in the 2019 NFL draft. N.C. State offensive lineman Garrett Bradbury was selected No. 18 overall in the first round on Thursday.