Germaine Pratt, N.C. State
Sticking with the trend of finding linebackers who play well in coverage, Germaine Pratt is one of the best remaining linebackers when playing in space. Starting his career as a safety, Pratt has experience playing in coverage and making plays in the open field.
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Pratt played his final two seasons at N.C. State as a linebacker, and that was when his performance exploded. He had a breakout senior season, making 104 total tackles, 10 tackles for loss, six sacks, two forced fumbles, and three passes defensed.
Pratt played 45 career games and made 235 total tackles, 17 tackles for loss, six sacks, three forced fumbles, four interceptions, and nine passes defensed.
With proper NFL coaching, Pratt’s play can be taken to the next level. Although he made over 100 tackles his senior season, there are some problems with his tackling that need to be cleaned up.
Pratt showed his ability to develop his game, as evidenced by his position change. He added weight to his frame but still maintained his explosiveness to make plays all over the field and became a better player. He also has plenty of experience playing in coverage so he would instantly fill the need in the Browns defense.
Pratt may not be drafted as high as Wilson and could be available when the Browns are put on the clock at 49th overall. Also, if the Browns want to trade down a few spots from 49 and acquire a couple more picks, Pratt could still be available. So if the Browns do not want to move up for a linebacker, Pratt could be their guy.