Round 6: Germaine Pratt, North Carolina State
By this point in the draft, the Buccaneers will have almost assuredly have drafted a linebacker, but again, with the uncertain future of Beckwith and Bucannon being on a one-year deal, it would not be a shock to see Tampa Bay select two linebackers in this draft.
North Carolina State’s Germaine Pratt would give the Buccaneers solid depth at the linebacker position and someone who could contribute on special teams and 4-3 defensive packages right away. The 6’2 and 240 pound linebacker has the athletic traits and production desired from a linebacker at the next level.
In 2018, Pratt tallied 104 total tackles, ten of which came behind the line of scrimmage, and six sacks. He also forced two fumbles and defended three passes for the Wolfpack defense.
While in Indianapolis, Pratt ran a 4.58 40 yard dash while posting 24 reps on the bench press, displaying an elite combination of size and speed. However, Pratt’s jumps were not all that impressive, and he did not do any agility testing, leaving a question mark next to his name.
Here in the sixth round, the Buccaneers can begin to plan for the future by adding Pratt and could potentially find a diamond on day-three. Pratt is a name to keep an eye on as the draft nears.