Matt Brown, Ben Ericksen, Evan Frierson and Mike Zimmer each signed free-agent deals with NFL squads.
Palmer becomes the first Redbird drafted by an NFL team since 2007.
The Redbird duo will play in the annual game on Feb. 2.
Palmer becomes the 15th Redbird player to participate in a major postseason all-star game and the first since 2008.
The Redbirds have advanced to the quarterfinals for the third time in school history.
Redbird Football - Playoff Preview Show
Southern Illinois vs. Illinois State Highlights
Illinois State vs. Eastern Michigan Highlights
The Illinois State football team takes on the Youngstown State Penguins
ISU takes on SIU at the Homecoming Football game.
Illinois State football at Western Illinois
September 15, 2012
2012: All-Missouri Valley Football Conference Second-Team selection ... started all 13 games at defensive end ... ranked third on the team and was fifth in the MVFC with 15 TFL ... 10.5 of those came in conference play, which tied for third ...was second on the team and tied for fourth in MVFC with 7.5 sacks ... finished the season with 71 tackles and was credited with 27 quarterback hurries ... also forced a team-high three fumbles ... posted multiple TFL in four games ... tied career-highs with two sacks and three TFL against Southern Illinois ... had a career-high nine tackles against Missouri State ... had a sack and two TFL in a road win at UNI ... posted at TFL in each of ISU's playoff games.
2011: All-Missouri Valley Football Conference Second-Team selection ... started all 11 games at defensive end for the Redbirds, who led the conference in total defense (294.8 ypg) ... led the team and the MVFC with 9.5 sacks ... was 19th in the country in sacks per game (.91) ... recorded 46 tackles, 10.5 tackles-for-loss and forced two fumbles ... posted at least a half sack in nine games ... posted a sack and returned a fumble 42 yards for a touchdown against Morehead State ... recorded a career-high eight tackles and a sack at North Dakota State ... named the MVFC Newcomer of the Week after registering five tackles, two sacks, three tackles-for-loss and a forced fumble in a win over nationally-ranked Indiana State.
2010: Played in nine games for the Illini ... recorded six tackles on the season ... tallied a pair of stops in the win over Indiana ... added one tackle in back-to-back games against No. 6 Ohio State and at Penn State ... registered a solo stop in consecutive contests against Northwestern and at Fresno State.
2009: Earned Academic All-Big Ten honors ... played in all 12 games on special teams ... recorded two tackles at Ohio State ... had one tackle at Cincinnati.
Simeon HS: Named to the 2007 Chicago Sun Times All-Public League Team ... PrepStar Magazine All-American ... SuperPrep All-American ... rated among the top-20 players in the state of Illinois by Rivals.com ... listed as the No. 39 strongside linebacker by Scout.com ... ranked No. 55 among outside linebackers according to Rivals ... named to the Champaign News-Gazette Special Mention All-State team ... recorded 128 tackles and 18 tackles as a senior, while catching 10 passes for 250 yards and a touchdown on offense ... named to the Midwest Hot 100 list by Scout.com ... posted 30 tackles and seven sacks as a junior while playing in only four games due to injury ... high school coach was Jesse Chick.
Personal: Born September 23, 1989 ... son of Rhonda Carr and Nathan Palmer.