Despite having two first-round picks penciled in as starters, the Green Bay Packers entered the 2013 NFL draft with an obvious need at outside linebacker.
To fix that issue, the Packers drafted Nate Palmer out of Illinois State with their sixth-round pick.
Depth behind Clay Matthews and Nick Perry was all but eradicated this offseason, as the Packers lost both Erik Walden and Frank Zombo in free agency. Adding Palmer gives the Packers another young, high-upside rusher to team with Dezman Moses behind the starters.
Palmer was certainly productive at Illinois State.
In his two years after transferring from Illinois, Palmer (6'2", 248 pounds) tallied 17 sacks and five forced fumbles. He also led the nation in quarterback hits with 27 his final season.
The Packers will hope working with noted outside linebackers coach Kevin Greene can help Palmer translate his college production into a successful NFL career rushing the passer. That transition might need to be accelerated, too, as the Packers have relied on depth at the position in each of the last three seasons.
Considering how poor said depth was at the position entering the draft, and the upside Palmer brings to the table, this appears to be a solid selection.