Burner Trey Palmer Joins The Bucs In Round 6

April 29th, 2023

Let’s hope this works out better than the last time Jason Licht drafted a Nebraska receiver.

The Bucs, in the sixth round, selected receiver/returner Trey Palmer. Some coaches believe he was the fastest guy in the draft.

The Bucs traded up to get him by shipping a 2024 fifth round pick to the Eagles.

A former track runner, Palmer ran a 4.33 40-yard dash at the combine.

Dane Brugler of The Athletic compared Palmer to Ted Ginn, who was a helluva return man.

A one-year starter at Nebraska, Palmer was primarily a slot receiver in former offensive coordinator Mark Whipple’s shotgun, pro-style scheme, also seeing time on the outside. After three years at LSU, he had a record-breaking senior season at Nebraska and set school records for receiving yards in both a season and game (accounted for 40 more catches and 572 yards more than the second-leading receiver on the Huskers in 2022). One of the fastest players in the draft class, Palmer has Ted Ginn-like vertical burst (led the FBS with three catches of 70-plus yards in 2022) and catches defenders napping with the acceleration out of his breaks. Though a confident competitor, his concentration can be disrupted by physical defenders in press or on his hip. Overall, Palmer needs more route polish and consistency through contact to be useful on a down-to-down basis, but he is an inside/outside field stretcher with speed that defenses must respect. He projects as an NFL rookie return man and WR 4/5 who can move up the depth chart over time.

The Bucs desperately needed to add speed to the roster this offseason and Palmer is yet another guy who brings it. And let’s all hope he’s better than the last guy who tried to be a return man, Jaelon Darden.

Oh, and the last receiver Licht drafted from Nebraska, where Licht also played offensive line? That would be Kenny Bell in 2015.

50 Responses to “Burner Trey Palmer Joins The Bucs In Round 6”

  1. Usfbuc Says:

    Like this pick, gives us a speedy WR.

  2. KennyBellProBowl2024 Says:

    Is he the next training camp Kenny Bell?

  3. Hogg Wild Says:

    Roster needed pass interference bait now that Scotty is gone.

  4. Buc You Says:

    Good draft… I think we drafted ballers this year.

  5. WVBuc Says:

    Is The Truth the last dynamic return man we’ve had?

    If this season is worse case scenario, that 5th in 2024 will be 50 spots higher.

  6. CAbucs Says:

    Another great pic, JL finding a gem in the 6th rd.
    Bucs having a great draft top to bottom.
    Definitely put a few players on notice with these picks.

  7. FrontFour Says:

    Great speed and possible return man. Had a of drops at WR. Loved Kenny Bell’s Afro, reminded me of high school.

  8. Rod Munch Says:

    I like taking a guy with elite speed here, he can be the Scotty Miller replacement, where he just runs in a straight line on every play.

    When talking about guys this late in the draft, getting someone who is elite at anything is a good deal.

  9. The Beer Whisperer Says:

    Who are we complaining about, today?
    I don’t want to be off topic.

  10. Bucamania Says:

    Like this pick! Elite speed this team needs

  11. All_da_way Says:

    I like his size and speed on the boundary. Also like he can compete as a return specialist.

  12. Marine Buc Says:

    Great pick.

    Some had this guy going in the 3rd and 4th round.

    Can return kicks.

    Plus we only have 3 WRs on our roster plus D. Thompkins as our KR…

  13. Geno711 Says:

    Wow, Dane Brugler, who Joe and I both follow for draft info, had him as his # 95 overall player.

    For all you know-it-alls complaining about the safety choice of ours, this guy apparently was a steal (if you buy into that crap).

    I am guessing the reason he dropped in the draft is that he had 10 drops last year. Just can’t be on an NFL team, if you have that many drops.

  14. Geno711 Says:

    three catches of 70-plus yards in 2022

  15. AnonymousBuc76 Says:

    Nice.pick value…

    Size and speed to burn…

  16. Rod Munch Says:

    Why in the world did they give up a 5th next year? GRRRR!

    I hate that. This is a very weak draft, and to give up a pick in what is expected to be a strong draft, a round higher, wow. Huge mistake, extremely desperate. Now this guy needs to make the team and be good and isn’t just a lottery ticket since you gave up a lot.

  17. DoooshLaRue Says:

    Nice draft JL.
    I hope they’re all keepers.

  18. Goatfarmer Says:

    Maybe he’s got great hair like Kenny. LOL, Kenny cared more about his hair than his play.

  19. Buc You Says:

    Jose Ramirez had 12 sacks for Michigan State… 6.5 the season before.

  20. Tampamac Says:

    @WVBuc- Sammie Straughter, Clifton Davis and Michael Spurlock were solid during their respective times.

  21. The Beer Whisperer Says:

    Arms too short? Feet too small? Not tall enough?

    Those guys never make it in the NFL. Unless they are just really good at football, lol

  22. DoooshLaRue Says:

    How did we end up getting that 3rd 6th rounder?

  23. Buc You Says:

    *Eastern Michigan… my bad

  24. Bucamania Says:

    LSU player stuck behind Ja’Marr Chase and Justin Jefferson. Transferred to Nebraska and was their #1 WR. Fastest WR at the combine. Could be a diamond in the rough.

  25. Rod Munch Says:

    To clarify, I hate giving up the 5th rounder next year, but I do like the player based on the very little I know.

    If he makes the team and shows anything, then I’ll be fine with it. We shall see, but I do love that speed, and without Miller and Perriman, you need a burner and they got one.

  26. D-Rok Says:

    Like I said earlier, this pick is a Fat Scotty Miller, which is a good thing. Let’s hope he doesn’t jump for every catch. Speed kills, let’s hope this guy makes the roster, at the least, as a gunner on ST’s.

  27. Kidfloflo Says:

    Take the top off the Defense and open the middle of the field for Evans and Godwin! Speed kills

  28. Cobraboy Says:

    I dunno.

    The Joes got a lot of editorial mileage out of Kenny Bell.

  29. The Beer Whisperer Says:

    By week 4, everyone will want to run this dude outta town.
    Calling Jason Licht, a bum, lol

  30. Pewter Power Says:

    Big play Trey I like it and hope it sticks because of what he does on the field

  31. Rod Munch Says:

    The Beer Whisperer – If the coaches are smart, unlike Leftwich who was an idiot, even if this guy drops the ball and can’t catch, they’ll still just have him go out there and run straight down the field on everyplay. They have to cover him, and when you have someone like that, it generally means the deep safety is going to be at least thinking they might have to help in coverage, which gives the defense something extra to think about.

    With Miller, that’s how the Bucs should have used him, literally just bring him in to run nothing but deep routes to draw away coverage for Evans and Godwin. Instead that moron Leftwich would run screens and end arounds with Miller, who has elite straight line speed, but stunk at stop and go stuff.

    In any case, you’re probably right. People are very stupid and will be complaining about him by the 4th quarter of the 1st preseason game saying he’ll never be a starter in the NFL. Duh, he’s a 6th round pick, no s—.

  32. Statguy Says:

    He is 6’1″ also

  33. BucaneroJim Says:

    Good pick. Keeps his feet on the ground and moving, only jumps when needed (sorry, Scotty). Tough guy, who obviously enjoys being physical – won’t be running to the sideline on kick-off returns. Gotta grin at the highlight of the dropped kick, recovery and return for a touchdown.

  34. Scotty in Fat Antonio Says:

    Licht is the man. Looks like he had thd sense that the ain’t were going to draft him. Saints selected a wr right after us.

  35. Dooley Says:

    With Canales’ track record developing WR in his time in Seattle, I’ve got no problem waiting to gauge the success of this particular pick. Bring on the UDFAs, we got 2 to stick last draft

  36. Trask To The Future Says:

    I love how some fans always cry about “giving up a pick” etc. WHO CARES?

    We gave up a measily 5th rounder to get an extra pick in the 6th to grab a guy that had dropped farther than his value. This is a GREAT MOVE by Licht & Co.

  37. David Says:

    DT, DE, LB, WR
    I’ll have something in common… Speed
    Love it.

    Obviously, the OL & TE aren’t exactly speedy but that’s OK

  38. AtlBuc Says:

    Kenny Bell was an All Pro practice player!!

  39. Goatfarmer Says:

    Licht Crushes the 2023 Draft, Passes on Highly Touted Hooker

  40. Logan Says:

    I’m a Husker fan and can tell you Trey is not Kenny Bell. He is a great return guy (scored a TD with LSU and won a National Championship with them). He’s not great with physical corner’s but he’s young and straight move. He’s a burner and I think he’ll be a great weapon for the Bucs. I love this pick.

  41. MadMax Says:

    Not impressed with this guy after watching an interview and his tape….oh well…we probably missed here, but ok….

  42. Conte Piscatelli Says:

    Feels like a return man. He hast And gets by with athleticism because it’s not a technical route runner

  43. Miller5252 Says:

    No return man highlights??? Hopefully he has a few and can change field position really easy! Great draft! Let’s hope they’re all HOF’ers in 15 years

  44. Mike Johnson Says:

    A whole lotta team improved this draft. Some even got much better. Don’t get your hopes up to high.

  45. Goatfarmer Says:

    I hope they force this dude to watch tape of Kenny Bell in preseason games, and Joleen Dardon in (unfortunately) real games. Teach him what not to do first.

    Nah, Bloweszo won’t. He’ll…………ignore the guy and specnd overtime confusing the hell out of his defense on their new hybrid roles, with 4th derivative options on the six different scenarios that could ensue following the audible from the QB on xyz formation, with a rotating blitz called that depends on 3 factors.

  46. Goatfarmer Says:

    I hope they force this dude to watch tape of Kenny Bell in preseason games, and Joleen Dardun in (unfortunately) real games. Teach him what not to do first.

    Nah, Bowels won’t. He’ll…………ignore the guy and spend overtime confusing the hell out of his defense on their new hybrid roles, with 4th derivative options on the six different scenarios that could ensue following the audible from the QB on xyz formation, with a rotating blitz called that depends on 3 factors

  47. Voice of Truth Says:

    His pro comparison in Lindys is Kenny Bell LOL – speed to burn, catches with his body, slow in and out of breaks – one trick pony

  48. sasquatch Says:


    Fifth round picks are easy to reacquire. All you have to do is slide back a couple of spots in round 1 and someone will give you a 4th. Rounds 4-7 are fungible assets.

  49. Goatfarmer Says:

    Voice — you have spoken the truth. Maybe Dardung is this guy’s ceiling. Meh. Can’t hit them all.

  50. Larrd Says:

    I am skeptical and do not believe you should trade next year’s fifth for this year’s sixth.

    Irving Fryar was the last good Nebraska wideout I can recall and he was drafted too early, too.