Round 4, Pick 119: Germaine Pratt, LB, North Carolina State
Another area that Cleveland addressed in free agency this offseason was linebacker. After cutting Jamie Collins, they went out and signed Adarius Taylor away from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. This move went widely under the radar considering the magnitude of some of the other things going on at the time.
With Dorsey pulling off trades for Olivier Vernon and OBJ, while also signing Sheldon Richardson, it was understandable that Taylor’s arrival didn’t generate much press. However, it was a great move as Taylor was a team captain who had 60 tackles and an interception for the Bucs in 2018.
He will likely compete with Genard Avery for the spot vacated by Collins, but no matter who wins they will have some solid depth. Having said this, they could still use more which is why we pull the trigger here on North Carolina State linebacker Germaine Pratt.
In four seasons with the Wolfpack, Pratt was all over the field. He originally started as a safety but was moved to linebacker before his junior campaign. He was great in that role and finished his junior season with 104 tackles and six sacks. Where he really will help in Cleveland is with his coverage.
This has been a sore spot for the past few years and having a linebacker with a background as a safety — and four career picks — will surely help in that regard.