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Chargers draft WR Josh Palmer with No. 77 pick

Tennessee WR Josh Palmer goes to the Los Angeles Chargers with the 77th overall pick in the 2021 draft. Will he be a fantasy football asset to start his career?

Tennessee wide receiver Josh Palmer (5) is tackled by Texas A&M defensive back Brian George (16) during a game between Tennessee and Texas A&M in Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Saturday, Dec. 19, 2020. Knoxville News Sentinel-USA TODAY NETWORK

The Los Angeles Chargers have added some wide receiver depth in the third round of the 2021 NFL Draft. The team used the No. 77 overall pick on wide receiver Josh Palmer.

Palmer is described by ESPN’s Steve Muench as “a sure-handed receiver with long arms and good body control.” He ran a 4.52 40 at his pro day but plays at a higher top-end speed. His biggest concern is his ability to deal with press coverage.

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Josh Palmer will enter his rookie season behind (at least) Keenan Allen, Mike Williams and (probably) Jalen Guyton while competing for targets with RB Austin Ekeler and TE Jared Cook. It will be difficult to emerge behind this group of receivers early on in his career.


Josh Palmer’s stats won’t pop off of the page when it comes to his collegiate stat line, never having exceeded 484 receiving yards and 4 touchdowns in any given season. He came in at 6’1” and 210 pounds, which is encouraging as he fits the bill as a prototypical size of an NFL wide receiver. He needs to work on his route tree versatility at the next level, but his ability to excel out wide could slot him in nicely should WR Mike Williams depart from the team after his fifth season.