5 QB prospects who could replace Kirk Cousins in Minnesota in 2024

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Michael Penix Jr. – Washington

Widely considered one of the more intriguing draft prospects eligible in 2023, Michael Penix Jr. opted to swerve the draft and run it back one more time with Washington. A trend that is likely to increase as time goes on, considering how lucrative NIL deals are becoming for the top college stars.

Penix is still a little rough around the edges, but there is a tremendous amount of talent to work with. His production took a significant step forward with the Huskies in 2022, with the signal-caller throwing for 4,641 passing yards, 31 touchdowns, and eight interceptions – which is far greater than anything he’s managed to achieve before.

The signal-caller’s release is rapid, and he is generally accurate over short to intermediate routes. Penix’s pre-snap recognition and ability to see the field is coming on nicely, which are traits always highly valued by NFL personnel during the evaluation process.

While the arm strength wouldn’t be classed as elite by any stretch, Penix has the capabilities to make all necessary throws. He is also a threat running the football, even if the player didn’t get many opportunities to showcase this athletic area of his game last season.

Should the Minnesota Vikings and Kirk Cousins go their separate ways in 2024, then Penix is one prospect that comes with starting potential. If he progresses further next season, then a first-round distinction won’t be too far behind.