The Atlanta Falcons are taking a hard look at former Nebraska Cornhuskers wide receiver Trey Palmer according to multiple reports.
Ryan Fowler of The Draft Network was one of the first to confirm the Falcons would bring Palmer in on a Top 30 NFL Draft visit. Teams are allowed to bring 30 players to their facilities for private workouts and evaluations.
With hundreds of draft prospects available each year, using a Top 30 visit is a clear indicator of interest on the part of the Falcons.
Palmer was the fastest wide receiver at the NFL Combine this year with an official time of 4.33.
He played three years at LSU before having a breakout season with the Cornhuskers last year including 1,043 yards receiving and nine touchdowns.
Palmer was also a standout at the Senior Bowl where he measured 6’0 and 193 pounds with a wingspan of 77″.
Palmer would represent a different type of receiver for the Falcons. They have big, and they have big and fast, but they don’t have a true field-stretching threat that Palmer would represent.
Kyle Pitts was the highest-drafted tight end in the history of the NFL in large part because of his 6’6 frame and 4.4 speed, but he’s not going to consistently take the top off a defense with deep routes.
Drake London never officially ran at his pro day or the NFL Combine, but he’s likely in the 4.5’s at best.
Palmer has the ability to stretch the defense, make explosive plays after the catch, and back the defense off the line of scrimmage used to jam the Falcons’ running game and clog lanes for Pitts and London.
The Falcons need another wide receiver, especially with the skillset of Palmer. They signed Mack Hollins in free agency, but Hollins is in the London mode at 6’4 and 220 pounds.
Head coach Arthur Smith has earned the reputation of being run heavy with his offensive scheme, but his top targets last year at receiver were a second-year Kyle Pitts and rookie Drake London with Marcus Mariota at quarterback.
The Falcons lack the speed threat.
Palmer definitely fits the bill.