Michael Penix Jr. 2023 NFL Draft Scouting Report
- Played at Indiana from 2018-2021
- Played baseball and ran track in high school in addition to football
- 2018 ACL Tear. 2019 sternoclavicular joint injury. 2020 ACL tear. 2021 AC joint shoulder injury.
- Scheme tendencies: Spread
- 2022 projected role: Starting QB
Pros: Whether at Washington or Indiana, when Michael Penix Jr. is on the field, his teams tend to score points and win games. He is a confident passer that does well to process coverage and get the football to his weapons at all levels of the field. He has highly impressive flashes of accuracy and ball placement, especially down the field. I really like his ability to move off his spot and adjust his arm angles to get the ball into the hands of his playmakers. Penix has sufficient arm strength, showcasing the ability to make throws to the field from the far hash. Penix Jr. is poised under pressure and has a good sense for feeling the rush while continuing to keep his eyes down the field. There is something to be said about the amount of adversity Penix Jr. has faced throughout his career and how he’s still been able to develop and keep coming back.
Cons: The glaring concern with Michael Penix Jr. is the lengthy injury history on his resume, suffering numerous season-ending ailments. I think there are areas for Penix Jr. to improve his sequencing to find more consistency with his alignment and confidence in his base when delivering the football. He can be more deliberate about getting himself aligned to throws within his progressions as opposed to making late adjustments that throw off sequencing and take something away from the velocity on throws. He does have some tendencies to fade away from throws as a result of those late adjustments with his footwork. In addition, Penix Jr. rarely keeps all his cleats in the ground and can be quite toesy in the pocket.
Michael Penix Jr. NFL Draft Scouting Report by Joe Marino