April 15, 2024

Jim Nagy on questions surrounding top QB in 2024 NFL Draft: ‘The medical’s going to be huge’

Washington’s Michael Penix Jr. is expected to be one of the top quarterbacks selected in the upcoming 2024 NFL Draft. Some scouts are skeptical about his ceiling due to a history of injuries throughout his collegiate career.

Senior Bowl director Jim Nagy joined On3’s Andy Staples to discuss where Penix projects in this year’s NFL Draft. He believes that Penix’s medical evaluation will be a major key to the former Washington quarterback being selected in the first round.

“I think with Michael (Penix), the medical is going to be big,” Nagy said. “Usually the medical stuff doesn’t get out to the media, into the fan bases. Michael Penix’s injury stuff has. I think everyone’s kind of just leaned on that as an excuse to hedge their bets on where Michael Penix is going to get drafted.

“I hope it comes out clean and everyone’s going to stick to a real tap evaluation on the guy.”

Penix started his college career at Indiana and led the Hoosiers to a Top-15 finish in the AP Poll during the 2020 season. He transferred to Washington after missing the majority of the 2021 season due to an injury.

Penix was able to take his game to the next level with the Huskies, throwing for over 9,000 yards over the past two seasons. He finished second in Heisman Trophy voting this season after leading the Huskies to a Pac-12 championship and an appearance in the CFP National Championship against Michigan.

Over six seasons, Penix completed 63.3% of his passes for 13,741 passing yards, 96 passing touchdowns, and 13 rushing touchdowns. He won the 2023 Maxwell Award and led the Pac-12 in passing yards in back-to-back seasons.

The 2024 NFL Draft is scheduled for April 25-27 in Detroit, Michigan.