Michael Penix Jr. shows off dynamic athleticism at pro day in front of NFL scouts


Michael Penix Jr. used his pro day to demonstrate the athleticism that wasn’t always on display during his two seasons carving up defenses at Washington.

The left-handed quarterback and Heisman Trophy runner-up tried to quell any concerns about his athletic ability in front of a bevy of NFL scouts on Thursday.

“I just wanted to show that I’m athletic, and I can do it with my legs if I have to,” Penix said.

Penix ran the 40-yard dash after opting not to at the NFL Scouting Combine, with scouts timing him at 4.51 and 4.57 seconds. He also posted an impressive vertical jump of 36 1/2 inches. 

During a throwing session at the end of the event, Penix zipped tight spirals and threw his noted deep ball all over the field in front of representatives from at least 30 NFL teams. Among those in attendance were New York Giants coach Brian Daboll, Giants general manager Joe Schoen and Seattle Seahawks general manager John Schneider.

Penix said he has upcoming visits scheduled with Atlanta, Denver, Las Vegas, Pittsburgh and the Giants.

“I’m just ready to see where I’m going, so I can help a team win football games,” Penix said. “It’s a blessing. I’m enjoying each and every step.”

Penix is projected to be picked somewhere in the first two rounds of April’s 2024 NFL Draft, but there are a wide range of opinions on where exactly he’ll land.

Penix led the nation in passing yards per game each of the past two seasons, going 25-3 as a starter in Washington’s high-flying attack. He threw for 4,903 yards, 36 touchdowns and 11 interceptions last season while leading the Huskies to the national championship game.

For some scouts, his age and injury history have been question marks.

Penix, who turns 24 in May, had four season-ending injuries at Indiana before transferring to Washington. He twice tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee and suffered injuries to both shoulders.

Penix’s medical exams from the combine reportedly came back clean. He didn’t miss a practice, workout or…

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