Tennessee’s Josh Palmer taken by LA Chargers

Vols WR selected with the 77th overall pick in the 3rd round
Israel Mukuamu tackles Josh Palmer during South Carolina's game against Tennessee on September...
Israel Mukuamu tackles Josh Palmer during South Carolina's game against Tennessee on September 26, 2020.(Sideline Carolina)
Published: Apr. 30, 2021 at 10:24 PM EDT
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - The first Vol taken off the board in the 2021 NFL Draft is wide receiver Josh Palmer. The speedy and sure handed receiver goes to the Los Angeles Chargers with the 77th overall pick. Palmer will be catching passes from a terrific young quarterback in Justin Herbert.

The Brampton, Ontario, native capped the best season of his career with an impressive offseason that included a 2021 Senior Bowl and NFL Combine invite. He garnered attention in Mobile with his skill set and work ethic.

Palmer concluded his Tennessee career with 99 catches for 1,514 yards and seven scores, averaging 15.3 yards per catch. He notched 16 catches of 25 or more yards. The 2020 season saw Palmer lead the Vols in receiving yards (475), receptions (33) and receiving touchdowns (4).

Palmer joins his former wide receiver teammates Jauan Jennings and Marquez Callaway at the next level. Jennings was selected in the seventh round of the 2020 NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49ers, while Callaway made an immediate impact as an undrafted free agent with the New Orleans Saints. Callaway caught 21 passes for 213 yards and was a force on special teams during his rookie season.

The 2021 NFL Draft concludes Saturday with rounds four through seven beginning at noon ET. ESPN, NFL Network and ABC will broadcast it live.

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