Nebraska Football wide receiver Trey Palmer showed off his speed on Saturday afternoon at the NFL Combine. Palmer ran a 4.33 unofficial 40-yard dash. It was the fastest recorded time for a wide receiver up to that point in the afternoon.
Palmer also had a 10-yard split time of 1.51 seconds on the day.
The wide receiver still has several drills to work through, but his speed was undoubtedly the highlight up to that point in the day. His speed was on full display at Nebraska, where he recorded 71 catches for 1,043 yards and nine touchdowns. Deep balls and crossing routes were his specialty, and he showcased that speed on several occasions throughout the course of the season.
His explosive playmaking ability was a huge part of his game in Lincoln, as he tallied three games of over 100 receiving yards. This includes a 237-yard effort against Purdue on October 15.
It will be intriguing to see how his other measurements, up at the combine, but the speed shown on his 40-yard dash attempt was definitely notable. Currently, he is projected to be a fifth-round pick, per Husker247’s Michael Bruntz.
Palmer could go earlier than that, as he has a skill set that would appeal to many NFL teams. His ability to run after the catch, and get open for deep passes makes him an intriguing late-round target. Currently, NFL NexGen stats has him with a score of 76. That ranks 15th among wide receivers at the Combine. His NFL.com scouting report projects him as an average backup or special teams player. Palmer does have speed, and he can excel on kick return.
Palmer may be projected as a lower-round pick, but there is certainly no denying his speed. At the very least, he showcased his speed to some of the brightest minds in the NFL, and that may be worth something in the end.
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