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Chargers ink third-round pick WR Josh Palmer

The Bolts make it official.

NFL: Los Angeles Chargers OTA Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The Chargers made it official on Friday afternoon as third-round draft pick Josh Palmer put pen to paper today to become the second of the team’s nine drafts picks to sign his rookie contract. Second-round pick Asante Samuel Jr. became the first pick to sign in early May.

Palmer was the Bolts’ first of two third-round picks this year out of the University of Tennessee. Tight end Tre’ McKitty would be picked later in the round out of Florida State.

As a rookie, Palmer figures to contend for playing time alongside the likes of Jalen Guyton and Tyron Johnson, both of which stood out in complementary roles to Keenan Allen and Mike Williams.

In his final season with the Volunteers, Palmer hauled in 33 passes for 475 yards and a career-high four touchdowns. Draft analysts noted that Palmer played his best ball against his toughest opponents, including Alabama and Georgia, which is a big reason why they feel his best ball is still ahead of him.