Scott Porter: What do you feel are your greatest strengths?
Nate Palmer: I feel my greatest strengths include my leadership ability. I feel I am a natural leader out on the field. I have great work ethic. I feel I am a good role model for this around me. I think a lot of teammates see how hard I work and they model their work ethic off me.
Scott Porter: What goals do you have for yourself?
Nate Palmer: My goals are to make an active roster. I feel that is a great accomplishment coming from a smaller school that a lot of people may not know about. After that I will set new goals. My main focus right now is to do everything in my power to make an active roster.
Scott Porter: Why should an NFL team give Nate Palmer a shot?
Nate Palmer: I am self motivated. I don’t need motivated to get the job done. I do a good job of that on my own. I will come in and give you everything I have and be the best player I can be. I will come to work hard each and every day to get better.
Scott Porter: You played in the NFLPA game, what was that experience like for you being able to show your talents in front of scouts in an All-Star game?
Nate Palmer: That was an eye opening experience for me. It was also a reality check at the same time. I felt this way because coaches and members of the NFLPA blessed me with the opportunity to play in that game. They taught me a lot. It was eye opening when you realize that you have to go into the NFL to take someones job from them. You are trying to take away another man’s job who has a family to support and a house to pay for. You have to go take it from them, nothing is going to be given to you. It’s not like college where you come in, you may sit for a bit behind an upperclassmen then you get your opportunity. You have to go out and earn everything you get from the bottom up.
Scott Porter: Is there a player in the NFL you model your game after?
Nate Palmer: I like to watch two players. DeMarcus Ware of the Cowboys and Von Miller of the Broncos. Miller is a young up and comer and I like to see what success factors he has had. Ware has been at it for a long time and you can pick up a lot from watching a veteran like him.
Scott Porter: What do you feel are your greatest football accomplishments?
Nate Palmer: Two come to the top of my head. The first one was our team making the playoffs. The other was when I was voted team captain by my teammates. Being voted team captain by your teammates is the ultimate honor/reward.
Scott Porter: Who has been your biggest influence throughout your career?
Nate Palmer: My father. He has been through so much in his life. To see him come out on top is great. He has never made an excuse. He has worked very hard and did a lot through hard times for me. He is a driving force for me.
Scott Porter: What will you be doing from now until NFL draft time to prepare yourself?
Nate Palmer: I am in Tampa training with CSS, “Cooper Speed and Strength” I have been working with Josh Cooper. I have been working on position drills, technique, strength and improving my explosion. I am doing a lot of squats and just preparing myself to improve as much as I can.
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