Nate Palmer will continue his football career as a memeber of the Green Bay Packers. (Photo Courtesy of Goredbirds.com)
By Nick McClintock
NORMAL- The Green Bay Packers are clearly impressed with Illinois State's football program, as they drafted linebacker Nate Palmer in the sixth round of the 78th NFL draft Saturday, while also signing quarterback Matt Brown and safety Ben Ericksen as free agents. The Houston Texans, who signed offensive lineman Cody White as a free agent last year, picked up linebacker Evan Frierson, and the Jacksonville Jaguars will also have a Redbird on the sideline, as linebacker Mike Zimmer signed with the team after the draft was over.
Palmer's selection make him the first Redbird drafted to the NFL since Laurent Robinson was picked up by the Atlanta Falcons in 2007. The Packers were one of several teams at Hancock Stadium a few weeks ago for the Redbirds' Pro Day.
This is the most players Illinois State has had in the NFL at one time. The five new players join Chicago Bears players Chris Riley and Tom Nelson, along with White from the Texans.
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