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Nebraska Football: Trey Palmer looks like a major steal



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Former Nebraska football wide receiver Trey Palmer looks like he might be one of the biggest steals in the 2023 NFL draft.

Nebraska football fans aren’t strangers to the electric plays made by former Cornhuskers standout Trey Palmer, and now, the NFL is becoming familiar too.

Palmer was selected No. 191 overall in the 2023 NFL draft after going over 1,000 yards for Nebraska football in 2022 and setting the Huskers’ single-season record for receiving yards (71 catches for a school-record 1,043 yards and nine touchdowns).

That was after Palmer ran a 4.3 in the 40-yard dash at the NFL combine. That should have been a clue to NFL teams, but he didn’t come off the board until the sixth round when the Tampa Bay Bucs selected him.

Now, the Bucs have to be thanking their lucky stars because it looks like they got an absolute steal.

Trey Palmer is on the rise in Tamp Bay

Palmer quickly worked his way onto the Bucs’ two-deep. Then, in the first preseason game, Palmer caught a touchdown pass. His strong play continued this week in practice and he even hauled in a 60-yard pass over Sauce Gardner.

But Trey was always at his best when the lights shine brightest. At least he was at Nebraska. He caught two game-winning touchdown receptions and also went off in his final game against Iowa. The Purdue game when he had over 300 total yards also comes to mind.

In New York, taking on the Jets in his second NFL preseason game, Palmer hauled in his second touchdown pass in two games and it was a highlight-reel reception.

It was the only reception for Palmer in the game and went for 33 yards. He also caught four passes for 36 yards in the preseason opener, but with all the rumblings in practice, it’s clear Tampa Bay got a steal — a sentiment that head coach Todd Bowles agrees with.

“He got overlooked,” Bowles said of Palmer. “I’m glad we got him.”

Chris has worked in sports journalism since 2005 writing for multiple newspapers and websites such as the Bleacher Report and Fansided before starting Husker Big Red, A fan site for hardcore followers of the #Huskers offering articles, podcasts, videos and more exclusive content on all things Nebraska