Pro Highlights

  • Spent the entire 2014 season on injured reserve due to a knee injury sustained in the final preseason game.
  • Appeared in eight games as a rookie in 2013, making two starts at OLB and registering 18 tackles (12 solo). Added a tackle on special teams.
  • Made his first career start in Week 7 vs. Cleveland with Clay Matthews and Nick Perry both sidelined with injuries, and posted six tackles (three solo).
  • Selected by Green Bay with its lone pick in the sixth round (No. 193 overall) in 2013, becoming the first Illinois State player to be drafted since WR Laurent Robinson (Atlanta) in 2007.


Started all 24 games during his two seasons at Illinois State (2011-12) after playing his first two collegiate seasons at the University of Illinois (2009-10)…Became an instant-impact player at Illinois State, earning second-team All-Missouri Valley Football Conference honors at DE following both of his junior and senior seasons…Registered 117 tackles (50 solo), including 25½ for a loss, 17 sacks, five forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries for the Redbirds…Appeared in 21 games during his two seasons at Illinois, where he played for Packers special teams coordinator Ron Zook…Saw time primarily on special teams for the Fighting Illini, but also registered nine tackles (two solo) as a reserve DE…Was a member of a heralded 2008 recruiting class for Illinois, one that featured future NFL first-round draft picks Corey Liuget (San Diego, 2011) and Whitney Mercilus (Houston, 2012), and second-round picks Mikel Leshoure (Detroit, 2011) and Tavon Wilson (New England, 2012)…Earned his degree in health science…Senior season (2012): Earned second-team All-MVFC honors for the second consecutive season after starting all 13 games and finishing with new career highs with 71 tackles (26 solo) and 15½ tackles for a loss, in addition to 7½ sacks, three forced fumbles, a fumble recovery and a pass defensed…Ranked third in the conference in tackles for a loss and fourth in sacks, while also being credited with a team-best 27 QB hurries...One of the senior leaders for a team that made it to the Football Championship Subdivision quarterfinals before bowing out to second-seeded Eastern Washington…Was selected to play in the NFL Players Association Collegiate Bowl following the season, becoming the 15th Illinois State player to be chosen for a postseason all-star game and the first since 2008…Posted seven tackles (four solo), including three for a loss, and a career-high-tying two sacks vs. Southern Illinois (Oct. 6)…Junior season (2011): In the interest of playing time, made the decision to transfer to Illinois State in time for spring practice and went on to claim a starting role at DE for the Redbirds…Burst onto the FCS scene by starting all 11 games and earning second-team All-MVFC honors after leading the conference in sacks with a career-best 9½…For the season, also posted 46 tackles (24 solo), including 10½ for a loss, two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery (that he returned for a TD) and a pass defensed…Was also named to the MVFC All-Newcomer team as one of the lynchpins on a Redbirds defense that ranked No. 1 in the conference in yards allowed per game (294.8 avg.)…Registered a sack and returned a fumble 42 yards for a TD to extend the ISU lead to 14-0 in the first quarter vs. Morehead State (Sept. 10)…Was named the MVFC Newcomer of the Week after tallying five tackles, including three for a loss, two sacks and a forced fumble vs. nationally ranked Indiana State (Oct. 22)…Sophomore season (2010): Appeared in nine games as a reserve LB for the Illini, seeing most of his playing time come on special teams…Tallied six tackles on defense (two solo)…Redshirt freshman season (2009): Appeared in all 12 games, playing predominantly on special teams, but also sparingly on defense, where he recorded three assisted tackles…Also earned Academic All-Big Ten honors for his work in the classroom…Made his collegiate debut on special teams vs. Missouri (Sept. 5).


Given name Nathan Palmer Jr. …Nickname is “Nate P.”…Born in Chicago…Single…During college, held summer jobs at the Boys and Girls Club in Champaign and later as a busboy and food expediter at the Bloomington (Ill.) Country Club…Names his father, Nathan Sr., as the biggest influence on him as he never made excuses and successfully started his own trucking business in Chicago…High school: A highly recruited player who was a four-sport letterman at Simeon High School in Chicago…Was named to the 2007 All-Public League team by the Chicago Sun-Times and the special mention all-state team by the Champaign News-Gazette following his senior season…Earned All-American acclaim from both SuperPrep and PrepStar…Saw action at DE, TE, LB and OL during his high school career…Recorded 128 tackles and 18 sacks on defense, and 10 catches for 250 yards (25.0 avg.) and a TD on offense…Also lettered two years each in baseball, track and field, and basketball, where he was a teammate of Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose for both seasons…Community involvement: Participated in the Green Bay Packers Golf Invitational in Kohler, Wis. …Volunteered to serve dinners to the homeless at the Home Sweet Home Ministries in Bloomington, Ill., while at Illinois State…Also spent time volunteering with Special Olympics of Illinois…Residence: Chicago, Ill.