Fast forward three months he's now knocking on the door of an NFL career as training camp gets set to begin in two weeks.
"It's exciting," he said talking to CUTigers Friday afternoon. "I feel as though I have a real opportunity with the Falcons. They were my childhood favorite growing up so it's an honor to have signed with them after the draft."
Palmer originally chose to sign with Tennessee before a last-second call from Falcons head coach Mike Smith changed his mind.
"I just felt more comfortable with Atlanta," he said. "We had pretty much decided that Tennessee was going to be it before that phone call. I just felt more comfortable with the organization and felt like there was a great opportunity for me there so I went with it."
That opportunity is about to get tested in a major way.
Fighting for a spot either on the regular season roster or practice squad, Palmer said he's battling for one of four spots the Falcons will keep on their roster for tight ends.
One of those will be held for future Hall of Famer Tony Gonzalez and another one likely for reserve Justin Peele- a nine-year veteran out of Oregon.
The other two will be fought for between Palmer, rookie Colin Peek (Alabama) and second-year man Keith Zinger (LSU).
"That's essentially what they've told me from the beginning," he said. "There are five tight ends on the roster headed to camp battling for four spots. Nothing is going to given to us and I think we all know that going in."
Palmer, who looks as fit as he's ever been and has been in the weight room since the end of the season, said he's around 255 pounds right now and fine tuning his diet in time for the start of camp.
"I keep telling Dwayne to stop working so hard so my record can stand longer than a year," Palmer said with a laugh. "He's really been working hard and good things are going to happen for him. I think we all know that."
"The Falcons didn't really specify a weight I needed to be at just to make sure I report to camp comfortable with where I am."
Palmer was also quick to point he left his old position in Tigertown in pretty good hands.
Most people know by now last year's backup, Dwayne Allen, is expected to put up big numbers this season, possibly even bigger than Palmer's 43 receptions a year ago.
"I keep telling Dwayne to stop working so hard so my record can stand longer than a year," Palmer said with a laugh. "He's really been working hard and good things are going to happen for him. I think we all know that.
"But there's a chance for him to really break some of the all-time records at Clemson. I really believe that."
The former first-team All-ACC performer also said to keep an eye out for his good friend Mike Wade. If Kyle Parker leaves for Major League Baseball, it will be Wade and red-shirt freshman Tajh Boyd will be battling it out for the starting spot.
"He's been through a lot in his four years here," he said. "But I was throwing with him yesterday and he's looking very good. The thing with Wade that people forget is that he's so athletic- he's a really good runner and he's extremely tough. Plus he's an accurate passer.
"I think Tajh is going to get his playing time too regardless of what happens so it should be interesting to see how it all shakes out."
And in the meantime, Palmer will be focusing on what he hopes will be a long and productive career in the NFL.
"It could be a couple of weeks or maybe 10 years," he said. "You never know. It's all about to start soon so the opportunity is here. I just have to take advantage of it."