Germaine Pratt


Germaine Pratt (born May 21, 1996) is an American football linebacker for the Cincinnati Bengals of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at NC State, and was drafted by the Bengals in the third round of the 2019 NFL Draft.

Germaine Pratt
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Pratt with the Cincinnati Bengals in 2020
No. 57 – Cincinnati Bengals
Personal information
Born: (1996-05-21) May 21, 1996 (age 26)
High Point, North Carolina, U.S.
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:250 lb (113 kg)
Career information
High school:High Point Central
College:NC State (2014–2018)
NFL Draft:2019 / Round: 3 / Pick: 72
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
  • First-team All-ACC (2018)
Career NFL statistics as of 2022
Total tackles:354
Forced fumbles:3
Fumble recoveries:3
Pass deflections:13
Player stats at · PFR

Early yearsEdit

Pratt attended High Point Central High School in High Point, North Carolina. He committed to North Carolina State University to play college football.[1]

College careerEdit

Pratt played at NC State from 2014 to 2018.[2][3] During his career, he had 235 tackles, six sacks, four interceptions and a touchdown.[4]

Professional careerEdit

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press
6 ft 2+12 in
(1.89 m)
240 lb
(109 kg)
31+58 in
(0.80 m)
9+18 in
(0.23 m)
4.57 s 1.58 s 2.53 s 4.45 s 32+12 in
(0.83 m)
9 ft 8 in
(2.95 m)
24 reps
All values from NFL Draft[5][6]


The Cincinnati Bengals selected Pratt in the third round (72nd overall) of the 2019 NFL Draft.[7] Pratt was the eighth linebacker drafted in 2019.

On June 27, 2019, the Cincinnati Bengals signed Pratt to a four-year, $4.08 million contract that includes a signing bonus of $1.05 million.[8]

Throughout training camp, Pratt competed for a role as a starting linebacker against Preston Brown, Nick Vigil, Jordan Evans, Hardy Nickerson, Malik Jefferson, Deshaun Davis and Noah Dawkins. Head coach Zac Taylor named Pratt the primary backup linebacker, behind starters Preston Brown, Nick Vigil, and Jordan Evans, to begin the regular season.[9]

He made his professional regular season debut during the Cincinnati Bengals’ season-opener at the Seattle Seahawks and assisted on one tackle in the 21–20 loss. On October 13, 2019, Pratt earned his first career start and recorded five combined tackles (four solo) during a 23 –17 loss at the Baltimore Ravens in Week 6. In Week 10, Pratt started at middle linebacker, replacing Preston Brown, and made four combined tackles (three solo) in the Bengals’ 49–13 loss against the Baltimore Ravens. On November 12, 2019, the Cincinnati Bengals waived Preston Brown. Defensive coordinator Lou Anarumo subsequently named Pratt the starting middle linebacker for the remainder of the season.[10] On December 22, 2019, Pratt collected a season-high 11 combined tackles (nine solo) during a 38–35 loss at the Miami Dolphins in Week 16. He finished his rookie campaign in 2019 with a total of 76 combined tackles (50 solo) in 16 games and nine starts.[11]


Head coach Zac Taylor elected to install a base 5-2 defense and named Pratt and Josh Bynes as the starting linebackers with Carlos Dunlap and Sam Hubbard as edge rushers.[12][13] He started in the Cincinnati Bengals’ season-opener against the Los Angeles Chargers and made 12 combined tackles (eight solo) during a 16–13 loss.[14]


Against the Las Vegas Raiders in the Wild Card round, Pratt recorded six tackles, and recorded the game ending interception on Derek Carr in the 26–19 win, securing the Bengals first playoff win since 1991.[15]


  1. ^, David Reynolds. "High Point Central's Pratt commits to N.C. State". Greensboro News and Record.
  2. ^ NC State’s next breakout defensive star? Look for the hoodie
  3. ^ "NC State's Pratt thriving in final season with Pack, hoping play pays off for family". October 8, 2018.
  4. ^ Staff Report. "Wolfpack's Pratt to skip Gator Bowl". Technician.
  5. ^ "NFL Draft Prospect Profile - Germaine Pratt". March 1, 2019. Retrieved March 1, 2019.
  6. ^ "North Carolina State OLB Germaine Pratt : 2019 NFL Draft Scout Player Profile". Retrieved May 12, 2019.
  7. ^ "Bengals select Germaine Pratt with the 72nd overall pick". April 26, 2019.
  8. ^ " Germain Pratt contract". Retrieved October 14, 2020.
  9. ^ " Cincinnati Bengals Depth Chart: 09/02/2019". Retrieved October 15, 2020.
  10. ^ "Bengals cut veteran linebacker Preston Brown". November 12, 2019. Retrieved October 15, 2020.
  11. ^ "Pro Football Reference: Germain Pratt (2019)". Retrieved October 15, 2020.
  12. ^ "Film Room: What to know about the Bengals defense in 2020". September 11, 2020. Retrieved October 15, 2020.
  13. ^ "Cincinnati Bengals Bengals projected depth chart". September 5, 2020. Retrieved October 15, 2020.
  14. ^ "Pro Football Reference: Germain Pratt (2020)". Retrieved October 15, 2020.
  15. ^ Polacek, Scott. "Joe Burrow, Bengals Snap NFL Playoff Drought with Win Over Derek Carr, Raiders". Bleacher Report. Retrieved 16 January 2022.

External linksEdit

  • NC State Wolfpack bio
  • Cincinnati Bengals bio