Canadian receiver Josh Palmer has been selected by the Los Angeles Chargers in the third round, 77th overall during the 2021 NFL Draft.
Palmer joins franchise quarterback Justin Herbert in LA.
At his University of Tennessee pro day, Palmer checked in at six-foot-one, 210 pounds with a nine-and-five-eights inch hand measurement, a 32-and-seven-eighths inch arm measurement, and a 76-and-seven-eighths wingspan measurement.
In the testing drills, the 21-year-old Brampton native ran 4.51 and 4.53 times in the 40-yard sprint, 4.25 shuttle, 6.98 three-cone, while recording a 34-inch vertical and 10-foot, four-inch broad jump.
Tennessee Titans general manager Jon Robinson and head coach Mike Vrabel were in attendance. Also, scouts from the Detroit Lions, Chicago Bears, Las Vegas Raiders, Arizona Cardinals, Minnesota Vikings, Philadelphia Eagles, and Green Bay Packers were among the 29 teams represented.
At the 2021 Senior Bowl in January, the top NCAA showcase event for senior NFL Draft prospects, Palmer created a buzz during practices and capped the week with two receptions for 27 yards and one touchdown in the game televised on NFL Network.
Palmer finished his career as a Volunteer with 99 catches for 1,514 yards and seven touchdowns — 16 of those receptions went for 25 or more yards. He managed to produce in the Southeastern Conference — considered the best in the NCAA — despite inconsistent quarterback play throughout his collegiate career.
Palmer has been training at XPE Sports in Fort Lauderdale, Florida since playing in the Senior Bowl. He’s been learning from three-time Pro Bowl pass catcher Anquan Boldin in the Sunshine State. Boldin knows how to prepare for the next level and make the jump quickly, which he proved by winning the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year award in 2003.
Palmer goes to a promising young team with a chance to learn from veteran Keenan Allen.