Germaine Pratt Jersey

North Carolina State's Nick McCloud (21) and Stephen Louis (12) congratulate Germaine Pratt (3) following Pratt's touchdown against Louisville during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Raleigh, N.C., Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017. North Carolina State won 39-25. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

The Bengals selected NC State linebacker Germaine Pratt with the 72nd pick of the third round in the 2019 NFL Draft. Here are some quick facts about the newest member of the Bengals defense.

A Converted Safety – 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.

Combine Darling – Pratt dominated at the combine and pro day running a 4.57 40-yard dash which ranked seventh for all linebackers. He recorded 24 bench press reps which was sixth for all linebackers, a 32.5” vertical jump and a 116” broad jump.

Strong In Coverage – Pratt’s pass coverage was felt across the board, with opposing quarterbacks only registering a 45.4 passer rating when he was in coverage, per Pro Football Focus. Pratt only missed four tackles all year and had the ninth-best run-stop percentage at 13.4 percent for all linebackers in the country.

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.

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