Carson Hilton Palmer is a professional quarterback for the NFL Cincinnati Bengals team. He was the first pick overall in the 2003 NFL Draft. Prior to being chosen by the Cincinnati Bengals, Palmer was a standout quarterback at USC.
The USC Trojan quarterback won the Heisman Trophy in 2002. In his final season at USC, Palmer had a breakout season. He completed 309 of 489 passes for 3,942 yards and 33 touchdowns. He tossed just 10 picks. He also led the team to an Orange Bowl victory over the University of Iowa. The Trojans won 38-17.
In four seasons with the Bengals, Palmer has played in 61 of 64 possible games. He has a completion rate of 64.1-percent and a QB rating of 90.1. He’s thrown 104 touchdowns and 63 interceptions. His yards through the air total 14,899. Palmer has fumbled just four times, losing none. He’s been a Pro Bowler (2005, 2006) twice and in 2006 was the Pro Bowl MVP.
At six-foot-five and 235 pounds, Palmer shows the prototypical NFL quarterback frame. He’s athletic, strong and competitive. An excellent pocket passer with fine field vision, he tends to be accurate once he finds his rhythm. He is adept at getting the football into tight spots. His instincts are good and Palmer is a sound decision maker. At times, he takes a sack when he shouldn’t. Palmer has proven to be a hard worker and an intelligent student of the game. He should continue to improve, becoming one of the NFL’s elite players.