Vikings Draft 2024: Minnesota waits until Day 2 to pick a QB in 7-round mock

Washington quarterback Michael Penix Jr.
Washington quarterback Michael Penix Jr. / Jonathan Bachman/GettyImages
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Second-Round Pick (43rd overall)

Michael Penix Jr. - QB (Washington)

If MIchael Penix Jr. is not available at 43rd overall, there may not be a quarterback worth drafting at all in this entire draft.

Bo Nix and J.J. McCarthy seem like safe bets to land in the top 25 right now, which leaves Penix as Minnesota's best option if they do not trade up in the first round.

Penix does offer some explosivity to an offense that features Justin Jefferson, Jordan Addison, and T.J. Hockenson.

His deep ball will thrive in this offense, and the Vikings would have plenty of opportunities to stretch the field.

There are factors that play into the possibility of Penix sliding in the draft.

Obviously, the injury concerns from his days at Indiana will linger, and medicals will be a huge part of his pre-draft evaluation.

Penix is still figuring out his footwork at times and will throw from a sloppy base, which forces some of his throws to miss the target.

There will also be teams that are simply not a fan of left-handed passers. Now, I'm not saying I agree with that sentiment, but that will be floated at some point throughout the draft process.

Penix is also not a very mobile quarterback compared to the other guys in the class. His floor may be a bit higher than Nix and McCarthy but the ceiling is not nearly as high.

If we have learned anything in recent years, the NFL loves the what-ifs.