Source: Falcons to work out Palmer

Clemson tight end Michael Palmer has been invited to work out for the Atlanta Falcons at their Local Player’s Day on April 12, according to a league source.

Palmer—a 6’5”, 250-pound senior—caught 43 passes for 507 yards and four touchdowns for the Tigers in 2009. For his career, the tight end recorded 73 receptions for 825 yards and eight scores.

Palmer is also scheduled to visit the San Diego Chargers on April 6 and 7, which was reported yesterday by our own Aaron Wilson.

Here’s a breakdown on Palmer from NFP Director of College Scouting Wes Bunting:

Palmer is a big, well-built tight end that showcases a good first step and body control as a blocker. He does a nice job getting his hands into the frames of opposing linemen and sealing on the outside. He's a balanced athlete who does a nice job chipping at the line and reaching defenders downfield. He isn't an explosive athlete in the pass game and plays at only one speed.

Palmer isn't a threat downfield, but he does a nice job finding soft spots vs. zone coverage and plucking the ball away from his frame. He's a coordinated route runner who gets his head around quickly and finds the ball. He just lacks any kind of a burst to his game. Palmer might be able to fight for a roster spot in an NFL training camp as a No. 3 blocking tight end. ??Grade: 5.7

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