What You Need to Know:
- The Chargers took Palmer with the 77th overall pick of this year’s draft.
- The Tennessee product never reached even 500 receiving yards across his 4 college seasons. Even as a senior last year, he posted just a 33-475-4 line, accounting for 18.4% of the Vols’ catches, 23.2% of the receiving yards and 28.6% of the TDs.
- Palmer flashes strong contested-catch ability on tape, though. And he has sticky hands, dropping only 4 of 164 career targets (2.4% drop rate).
- The 6’1, 210-pounder clocked a decent 4.51-second 40 time at his Pro Day but disappointed with a 34-inch vertical.
- Palmer will duke it out with Tyron Johnson and Jalen Guyton for the #3 WR job behind Keenan Allen and Mike Williams this year.
- In 10 games with Allen and Williams at full strength last season, Johnson and Guyton combined for 41 targets -- a full-season pace of 66 targets.
- The Chargers lost TE Hunter Henry, who finished 2nd on the team with 93 targets in 14 games last year, in free agency. But they added free-agent Jared Cook and rookie Tre’ McKitty -- and return Donald Parham.
- Austin Ekeler also returns after averaging 6.5 targets per game last season.
Draft Sharks Bottom Line:
This 3rd-round rookie has a good chance to win the Chargers’ #3 WR job. But even then, he’ll find targets tough to come by behind Keenan Allen, Austin Ekeler and Mike Williams.
Palmer probably needs Allen or Williams to miss time to be a bankable fantasy option.