Palmer Selected In Sixth Round of NFL Draft by Green Bay
Nate Palmer

Nate Palmer

April 27, 2013

NORMAL, Ill. - Illinois State defensive end Nate Palmer became the first Redbird selected in the NFL Draft since 2007, when he was selected in the sixth round by the Green Bay Packers Saturday. Palmer was selected as the 25th pick in the sixth round by the Packers and was the 193rd player taken in the draft overall.

Palmer is the first Redbird player taken in the NFL since Laurént Robinson was selected in the third round by Atlanta in 2007. He was drafted as a linebacker, but will play in a 3-4 system in Green Bay that will allow his to rush the passer as well from the outside linebacker spot.

A native of Chicago, Ill., Palmer was speechless when he received the call from the Packers.

"It was an unbelievable feeling to get that call from the Packers," Palmer said. "You always hear stories about when guys get that phone call and they really don't know what to say. I always thought that was a cliché, but now I know what those guys feel because it was hard for me to get the words out to thank them for the opportunity. I'm excited to be a Green Bay Packer and looking forward to playing in that defensive scheme, which is similar to what we ran at Illinois State."



A two-time All-Missouri Valley Football Conference Second-Team selection, Palmer started all 13 games at defensive end and ranked fifth in the MVFC with 15 tackles-for-loss as a senior in 2012. He was also fourth in MVFC with 7.5 sacks was credited with 27 quarterback hurries. In 2011, Palmer led the team and the conference with 9.5 sacks and was 19th in the FCS national rankings in sacks per game (.91), on way to being named to the MVFC All-Newcomer Team. In two years at ISU after transferring from Illinois, Palmer recorded 17 sacks and 25.5 tackles-for-loss for the Redbirds.

ISU head coach Brock Spack thinks Palmer will fit in well with the defensive scheme in Green Bay.

"Nate still has a huge upside and that's what I told all the NFL scouts that talked to me about him," Spack said. "He's going to be a player that continues to get better each year at that level. He's a perfect fit for the 3-4 system that they run in Green Bay, because he's a hybrid end/linebacker and that's how we played him here. Nate is very similar to the players we had at Purdue, and our defensive system fits that type of player. We're really proud of Nate and hope this next step in his career goes well for him."

Palmer will have little time to celebrate, as he will have to report with the other Packers' draftees for rookie minicamp beginning on May 9. Your online source for Illinois State Athletics, tickets, Weisbecker Scholarship Fund gifts, multimedia, Redbird merchandise, photos and more.