With the 52nd pick, the Pittsburgh Steelers select...Germaine Pratt LC North Carolina State 6’3”, 240 LbsTeam Needs
CB - filled in Rd 1
Inside LB - WR - RB
Originally recruited as a safety, he bulked up and is raw as an inside LB with a small sample size but displays good athleticism, can cover tight ends (4.57 Combine 40 time) and is somewhat of a diamond in the rough needing some polish. Pratt looks the part of today’s ideal linebacker in the NFL. He’s tall enough, very strong for the position, has a ton of range, and has the athleticism to play the position at the next level.
I don't view him as an immediate starter but a guy who they can develop into a solid Steeler type of inside linebacker who is a run stuffer with decent pass coverage skills. Video shows him slow to react but meets a RB running with momentum and gives little ground.
There are a few other players on the board that we looked at and with the Steelers having two Rd 3 picks including 3.02 #66, the Steelers can wait on a few of the other considerations who could be there to address other needsOther Players Considered
Vosean Joseph LB FLorida
Justin Layne, CB, Michigan State
Miles Sanders RB Penn State
Benny Snell RB Kentucky
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