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  • 4.62 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 16 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 36.5 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 121.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.15 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.31 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 5'8" Height
  • 190LBS. Weight


Palmer was the top returning member of the Texas secondary coming into 2008, and he proved to be a productive leader for the Longhorns. Much was expected of the diminutive cornerback after he emerged as a junior to post 80 tackles, 14 pass breakups and three forced fumbles. Opponents elected not to challenge him as often in '08, however, and Palmer struggled to make the same big-impact plays when they did due to season-long struggles with nagging injuries. Big 12 coaches recognized Palmer with second-team All-Big 12 honors despite less than eye-popping statistics: 32 tackles, three sacks, three interceptions and eight pass breakups. Palmer isn't the superstar-caliber DB Texas has produced in the past, but despite his lack of size, Palmer's confidence and toughness makes him a strong NFL nickel back candidate worthy of second-day consideration.



Positives: Short, but has a solid, athletic build. ... Good straight-line speed and agility. ... Loose hips to turn and run with receivers. ... Good lateral agility. ... Can plant his foot and break on the ball. ... Gets his hands on a lot of passes. ... Has shown a willingness in run support and surprisingly physical play considering his size. ... Helped himself with a strong week of practice at the East-West Shrine Game. ... Proved his toughness by playing through various (elbow, hamstring) injuries as a senior. Negatives: Because of injuries or possibly an effort to not endanger his pro stock, Palmer didn't play with the consistent aggression in 2008 he had shown earlier in his career. ... Seemed uninterested in run support as a senior, posting only 11 assisted tackles. ... Likes to duck and swipe as a tackler and too often ran wide around blockers rather than forcing the action. ... Good career INT numbers, but struggles with hot passes. ... Made most of his INTs off of deflections and wobbly passes. ... Lacks natural hands for the interception.
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.