Draft Profile: BioMichael Penix Jr. from Tampa Bay Tech High School was rated a 3-star recruit by ESPN and handed a 3-star grade by 247 Sports. After high school where Penix ran track and also was a baseball standout opted to join Indiana.
In 2018 as a freshman Penix Jr. saw action in just 3 games for the Hoosiers after his season was cut short due to him suffering an ACL injury.
In 2019 as a sophomore, he played in 6 games as he passed for 1377 yards on 160 attempts with a completion percent of 68.1 for an average of 8.6 yards per pass, with 10 TDs, while also taking one sack, and putting up QB rating of 105.1. He rushed 25 times for a total of 117 yards at an average of 4.7 per rush. Once again his season was impacted by injury
As a junior in 2020 Penix Jr. played a total of 6 games. He passed for 1645 yards on 220 attempts and put up a completion percentage of 56.4 for an average of 7.5 yards per attempt, with 14 TDs, and allowing 7 sacks, with a QB rating on the year of 93.8. As what was becoming an unfortunate habit he suffered another serious injury when he reinjured his ACL.
In 2021 as a senior Penix Jr. saw action in 5 games as he threw for 939 yards on 163 attempts with a completion percent of 53.4 for an average of 5.8 yards per pass, with only 4 TDs, while taking 7 sacks, and totaling a QB rating of 60.9. His season ended as a result of a shoulder injury.
After season's end Penix Jr. transferred to Washington where he managed to stay injury free and it showed in in outstanding year. As a fifth-year senior Penix Jr. played in 12 games as he threw for a huge 4354 yards on 503 attempts with a completion percent of 65.6 for an average of 8.7 yards per pass, with an elite 29 TDs, while taking 4 sacks, and totaling a QB rating of 106.2.
Honors & awards
- 2022 Manning Award Finalist
- 2022 All-America Honorable Mention (Pro Football Focus, Phil Steele)
- 2022 Associated Press Comeback Player of the Year
- 2022 Davey O'Brien Award Semifinalist
- 2022 PFF All-Pac-12 Second Team
Scouting Report: Strengths
- Very confident passer and shows good accuracy, excellent overall vision, and feel when in rhythm.
- Sprays the ball anywhere on the field, especially when given a pocket from which to deliver
- Athletic build with plenty of room for another 10-15 pounds of muscle mass. Mobile quarterback who can buy time in the pocket and is a threat to gain yards with his feet.
- From a physical standpoint, a prototypical modern quarterback
- Takes care of the football, rarely fumbles, and keeps the ball out of harms way
- Has an impressive ability to buy time and avoid the pass rush. Doesn't look to run and is patient waiting for his receivers to get open
- Outstanding quick processor - he goes through his progressions like an experienced vet.
- Has an outstanding infinity for the game and effectively looks off defenders. He's also a natural in leading receivers and his timing is elite
- Possesses a strong right arm and is capable of making every NFL throw easily. Can drive the deep out to the sideline from the opposite hash and has no problem threading the needle between closing defenders. Easily zips to all areas of the field, demonstrating very good touch on underneath routes to running backs and receivers, as well as down the sideline on deep passes.
Scouting Report: Weaknesses
- His footwork is only average especially when operating as a traditional dropback passer
- The biggest issue with Penix is injury history - which is ridiculous. He's only managed to stay healthy one out of five years at college. whether it's due to bad luck or anything more intrinsic will need to be thoroughly investigated
- Needs to improve his throwing motion which has a bit of a wind-up that impacts his release speed
- Will be 24 years old as a rookie and will have played six years at college
Scouting Report: SummaryMichael Penix Jr. has high first-round potential come the 2024 NFL draft. He has an elite arm with the ability to effortlessly make all the required NFL throws, he's constantly proved to be accurate at all levels, is an elite processor, and is mobile enough to get his out of trouble when the play breaks down.
He, however, comes with one major red flag - his more than considerable injury history, where he's only managed to get through a season intact once. 2023 will be huge for him - he'll need to prove he can stay healthy to establish himself as a serious pro prospect.
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