Can Josh Palmer Make an Instant Impact for the Chargers?
Josh Palmer was listed at 135th overall on NFL Mock Draft Database's consensus big board entering the 2021 NFL Draft, but the Los Angeles Chargers went out and got the Tennessee Volunteers' wide receiver with the 77th pick.
He is 6'1" and 210 pounds, a typically enviable size profile for wide receivers in the NFL -- at least a few years ago.
What did the Chargers see in Palmer's profile?
Brandon Gdula's draft database has found these 10 prior prospects to have the most similar statistical profiles to Palmer. Keep in mind that these are based not on play style or traits but age, athleticism, draft equity, experience, efficiency, and production.
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Gdula's Take: Chris Conley is my all-time favorite football player, but his profile is just like Palmer's: good size and athleticism (though Palmer is more average) and a third-round draft equity. However, that's paired with 20th-percentile receiving market shares in college and bottom-15 percentile receiving efficiency, as well.
Palmer's 2021 Fantasy Football Projection
JJ Zachariason's initial projections for Palmer include 31 receptions, 357 yards, and 2.4 touchdowns, making him the WR94 for the season.
Palmer will have to contend with some high-volume pass-catchers in Keenan Allen, Mike Williams, and tight end Jared Cook. And Austin Ekeler is an excellent receiver out of the backfield, too. That helps explain the low rookie-year projection, and the spotty profile doesn't help matters.