Vikings Draft 2024: Post-Scouting Combine 7-round mock draft

Former Washington QB Michael Penix Jr.
Former Washington QB Michael Penix Jr. / Alika Jenner/GettyImages
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Second-Round Pick (35th overall)

Michael Penix Jr. – QB (Washington)

If the Vikings don’t make a move or can’t find their quarterback in the first round, a trade-up early in the second round is a possibility. After sending the 42nd and 109th overall picks to the Arizona Cardinals for the 35th overall pick, the Vikings take a chance on Micael Penix Jr. with their second selection of the draft.

Penix didn’t draw as many headlines as J.J. McCarthy, but he was just as connected to the Vikings in Indianapolis this past week. A pocket passer with a big arm, Penix can make most of the throws needed in Kevin O’Connell’s offense and has a playing style similar to Kirk Cousins.

Penix has an extensive injury history but scored a major win after his medicals came back clean at the combine. While Penix will carry some risk as a 24-year-old, he also could sit behind Cousins or a bridge quarterback acquired in free agency.

For the fit, getting Penix in the second round could be the Vikings' most realistic opportunity to get a quarterback of the future.

Third-Round Pick (96th overall)

Leonard Taylor III – DT (Miami)

The Vikings have plenty of needs outside of quarterback and edge rusher, but they need an impact player on the defensive line. Leonard Taylor III is one of the most polarizing prospects in the draft but has shown the potential to wreak havoc on the interior.

Two years ago, Taylor posted a PFF grade of 87.3 and had four sacks but slumped to 74.7 and one sack with the Hurricanes last season. Some of that has to do with motivation but others point to his technique which could be improved under Flores.