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.
|No. 57 – Cincinnati Bengals|
|Born:||May 21, 1996|
High Point, North Carolina, U.S.
|Height:||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Weight:||250 lb (113 kg)|
|High school:||High Point Central|
|College:||NC State (2014–2018)|
|NFL Draft:||2019 / Round: 3 / Pick: 72|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics as of 2022|
|Player stats at NFL.com · PFR|
|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+1⁄2 in
|4.57 s||1.58 s||2.53 s||4.45 s||32+1⁄2 in
|9 ft 8 in
|All values from NFL Draft|
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.
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. 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.
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. 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.
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.