HOUSTON, TEXAS - JANUARY 08: Michael Penix Jr. #9 of the Washington Huskies leaves the field following the 2024 CFP National Championship game against the Michigan Wolverines at NRG Stadium on January 08, 2024 in Houston, Texas.  Michigan defeated Washington 34-13. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TEXAS - JANUARY 08: Michael Penix Jr. #9 of the Washington Huskies leaves the field following the 2024 CFP National Championship game against the Michigan Wolverines at NRG Stadium on January 08, 2024 in Houston, Texas. Michigan defeated Washington 34-13. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

Michael Penix Jr. Report: A Few Concerns

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HOUSTON, TEXAS – JANUARY 08: Michael Penix Jr. #9 of the Washington Huskies throws the ball in the first quarter against the Michigan Wolverines during the 2024 CFP National Championship game at NRG Stadium on January 08, 2024 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Washington quarterback (QB) Michael Penix Jr. came back from four season-ending injuries in Indiana to lead the Washington Huskies to the National Championship game (NCG).

Throughout his journey, he showcased his strong arm and leadership traits through adversity.

Penix Jr. was rated a 3-star recruit by both ESPN and 247 Sports. He originally committed to Indiana University but transferred to Washington after the 2021 season.

2023 Summary:

The 2023 season resulted in Penix’s best of his career. His stat line was truly impressive: 363/555 (65.4%) 4,903 yards (8.8 AVG) 36 TDs & 11 INTs. This QB displayed impressive vertical aggression each game, beating quality opponents such as Oregon (twice), Oregon State, and Texas, which put them in the National Championship Game.

Overview: Michael Penix Jr.

6-Foot-3, 213 Pounds

40 Time: 4.64 (nfldraftbuzz.com)

2023 Stats: 363/555 (65.4%) 4,903 yards (8.8 AVG) 36 TDs & 11 INTs.

Level of Competition: Medium

Colton Edwards Grade: Fourth-Round

2022 Film Evaluated: Stanford, Oregon, and UCLA

2023 Film Evaluated: Boise State, Oregon, and Oregon State

2024 NFL Draft Scouting Report:

Displays an overall impressive ability to throw vertically. This allows him to drive the ball with velocity across all levels of the field and into tight windows. His unorthodox release seems to give him the angle freedom to adjust. Developed arm mechanics (still needs continued refinement) while being able to layer throws over linebackers, defensive backs, and under safeties with anticipation. Thrives within the structure of the pocket, attacking all three levels (short, intermediate, and deep) with confidence and solid decision-making skills. He demonstrates competitive toughness, leadership skills, and an impressive work ethic. Has the chance to excel in a pro-style offense that allows balance to open up play-action and vertical shots for him.

Weaknesses: Often stares down one wide receiver or concept post snap; resulting in potential turnovers or errant throws. Lacks post-snap processing quickness in reading coverage rotations and disguises. Occasionally, he can become too aggressive, targeting the deep third more than most and overlooking easy-open underneath routes. Statue in the pocket and displays hip stiffness which can limit torque and touch on the ball. Inconsistent footwork at the top of his drop. Unpredictable under pressure, leading to a lack of precision and ball placement. Not great with off-scripting and seems to have a lack of accuracy when forced outside the pocket.

Summary:

After evaluation, his weaknesses can overpower his strengths, resulting in a difficult transition to the next level. Most worry about the QB’s injury history and medicals, potentially hurting his draft stock. Will he be able to get the ball out quicker with poise against NFL complexity? With that being said, Penix Jr. is a true pocket passer with a gunslinger mentality and good pre-snap IQ. He showcases patience in the pocket, as well as good pocket management. Pending the results from the Combine, I’m not sold on him being one of the top quarterbacks in the class.

Who will he remind us of?

NFL QB Teddy Bridgewater, who has played for nine seasons among six teams.

Colton just graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Sports Science at the United States Sports Academy. He has previous coaching experience as a former offense and defensive line coach at a local high school. While performing those duties, he also worked at PFF(Pro Football Focus) for a brief moment of time. He currently develops scouting reports here at firstroundmock.com. He aspires to become an NFL Scout/GM in the future.

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