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.