Michael Penix Jr. landing spots: Ranking 5 best NFL fits, including division rivals and a playoff team


Washington’s Michael Penix Jr. is one of the more intriguing quarterback prospects in this class. He’s not likely to go in the top 10, and at this point doesn’t even seem like a lock for the first round. Yet Penix possesses the one quality that can turn a good quarterback into a great quarterback: arm talent.

Penix was named a first-team All-American this past season after leading the Huskies to the College Football Playoff National Championship game. While Washington fell against Jim Harbaugh’s Michigan Wolverines, Penix had a great 2023 campaign. He led the FBS in passing yards with 4,903, and led the FBS in completions (60) and passing touchdowns (26) of 25+ air yards over the last two seasons. 

The former Indiana Hoosier was named one of the AP Comeback Player of the Year winners in 2022 after throwing for 4,641 yards, 31 touchdowns and eight interceptions. One knock against Penix as a prospect is his injury history, as he tore his right ACL twice, and suffered a couple of shoulder injuries. On paper, that’s scary, but Penix clearly bounced back. He even became the first college quarterback to throw for 4,500 yards in back-to-back seasons since Patrick Mahomes did so at Texas Tech.

So, where will Penix land in the 2024 NFL Draft? Where would he be a good fit? Let’s take a look at the five best potential landing spots for Penix. These are his top-five landing spots based on team fit and likelihood of the team actually having the ability to draft him. 

5. Los Angeles Rams (19th overall pick and 52nd overall pick)

The Los Angeles Rams nailed the reset following their Super Bowl LVI championship. They have rebuilt their offensive line with shrewd free agency signings (Kevin Dotson and Jonah Jackson) and through the draft (2023 second-rounder Steve Avila), and they found their long-term replacement for Cooper Kupp in the fifth round of last year’s draft in Puka Nacua, who set the…

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Author : Garrett Podell

Publish date : 2024-03-28 10:47:25

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