6 intriguing prospects the Vikings should watch closely at the 2024 Senior Bowl

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Offensive Prospect No. 3

Michael Penix Jr. - QB (Washington)

Michael Penix Jr. is the second quarterback on this list and one the Vikings have to consider.

Penix has a lengthy injury history that is going to ultimately decide where gets drafted when his medicals at the NFL Scouting Combine come out. If everything is clear, he could become the Vikings quarterback of the future.

The lefty out of Washington is a natural thrower of the football. The ball comes out lightning-quick and is laser-accurate. He isn't afraid to throw into tight windows and has the strength to make every single NFL throw.

Penix isn't the runner that Nix is, but he'll take off when he has to and then smartly slide to avoid taking a hit.

There are some concerns beyond the injuries. He gets a little rattled when pressured, and his throws become off-target. He also doesn't have great touch on short and intermediate throws and continues to hurl lasers in those situations.

So far, Penix Jr. hasn't seized his opportunity at the Senior Bowl. With his natural arm talent and ability to throw the ball, he should be lighting up all the throwing drills.

From various reports, it sounds like he's been just okay, and that is disappointing to hear. He'll need to finish strong to get into the first-round conversation, but he's an option for the Vikings in round two.