Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Palmer a tall option at wide receiver and cornerback

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Matt Palmer of Heritage High in Riverside County is a potential match up problem.

He's capable of being a problem for defensive backs because of his 6-foot-3, 195-pound frame. He's the same way for wide receivers too, because of his tall stature.

Palmer has the size and vertical jump (31 inches) to be a red zone target on offense. Inside the red zone and judging by what I saw in my film room, Palmer also is a red zone disruptor - thanks to his hands, closing speed and of course, that tall stature. Palmer can make the red zone fade routes from offenses difficult, since he's got the height and hands to swat the ball away.

He's not the fastest defender with his current 4.6 40-yard dash time. However, he's shown game speed with his closing pursuits and backpedal.

I'll be curious to see if he can play up and press wide receivers consistently at the line. Also, I'll be wondering what type of blitzer he is and how willing he'll be to come crashing into a backfield.

In the end, though, here's an Inland Empire prospect that's received interest from Arizona, Arizona State, UCLA and Colorado of the PAC-12 and was a selection to the 2014 Polynesian All-American game.

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