NAME: Germaine Pratt
SCHOOL: North Carolina State
CLASS: RS Senior
JERSEY: No. 3
RECRUITMENT RATING: 3-star
WT: 245 lbs
Serving as a rotational and subpackage player in 2017 playing behind seniors, not starting any games last season didn’t preclude Pratt from making a major impact on the Wolfpack defense. Pratt was still NC State’s fourth leading tackler and secured game-clinching interceptions against Louisville and North Carolina. Expected to earn a starting role, Pratt is a breakout candidate for 2018 and he has my attention when it comes to his NFL upside.
Projecting nicely to a pursuit-style role, Pratt executes with a high level of urgency, quick processing skills and has terrific range. Able to cover ground and rapidly shut down distances, Pratt has the athletic ability and burst to make an impact in a wide radius. A converted safety, Pratt has a natural feel for defending zones with the upside to remain in phase with running backs and tight ends in man coverage. His ability to win in space and on passing downs is exciting. Pratt is a sound tackler that does well to wrap up at the the thighs and drive his legs through the ball carrier.
When it comes to areas that Pratt needs to improve, the primary area is functional strength. While he has positive moments playing off contact and keeping his hands active, stacking blocks and not getting worked out of gaps is problematic. His ability to play into the line of scrimmage is inconsistent and adding strength is critical.
Given it’s defensive line talent last year, all eyes were on the front four but Pratt’s impact was still notable. He has a prime opportunity to burst onto the scene during his senior season on the second level of the Wolfpack’s defense.