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Packers take Illinois St LB Palmer

Published On: Apr 27 2013 11:23:28 PM CDT

GREEN BAY, Wis. -

The Green Bay Packers selected Illinois State linebacker Nate Palmer with the 193rd overall selection of the NFL draft on Saturday.

Palmer, 6-foot-3, 240 pounds, started all 24 of Illinois State's games over the past two seasons at defensive end. However, the Packers list Palmer as a linebacker.

Palmer registered 117 tackles, 17 sacks, and 25 1/2 tackles for loss in his final two seasons and was named all-Missouri Valley Football Conference second-team selection both years. As a senior, Palmer was fourth in the conference with 7 1/2 sacks and also added 27 quarterback hurries.

After using their first three picks on Saturday on offense, the Packers dedicated the next three to the defensive side of the ball.

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