Atlanta Falcons Interested in Ex-Huskies QB for NFL Draft

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Atlanta Falcons Linked to former Huskies QB in NFL Draft

The Atlanta Falcons are once again at the center of quarterback discussions leading up to the 2024 NFL Draft despite recently signing Kirk Cousins to a lucrative contract. Concerns about the long-term future of the position have prompted speculation that Michael Penix Jr., formerly of the University of Washington, could be a solution for the team.

Throughout the pre-draft process, the Falcons have shown significant interest in Penix, including formal meetings at the NFL Combine and attending his pro day at Washington. Key figures from the Falcons organization, such as head coach Raheem Morris and general manager Terry Fontenot, have personally evaluated Penix during private workouts.

Alongside Spencer Rattler, another notable quarterback prospect, Penix has garnered the most attention from the Falcons this spring. ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler suggests that Atlanta may target a quarterback early in the draft, with Penix being a potential candidate.

Michael Penix Jr
Michael Penix Jr (Credits: University of Washington Athletes)

Despite having drafted Desmond Ridder in the second round of the 2022 NFL Draft, Fontenot’s previous draft history suggests a departure from selecting quarterbacks early on. However, the extensive effort the Falcons have put into evaluating Penix indicates a potential shift in strategy.

While Penix may be a desirable prospect for the Falcons, the question remains whether using their eighth overall pick on him is too high. With Cousins as the established starter and Taylor Heinicke as the backup, Atlanta’s immediate need for a quarterback may not justify such an early selection.

Ultimately, the Falcons are expected to add a third quarterback to their roster this offseason, with the draft being a viable option. However, the team must weigh the value of selecting a quarterback early against other pressing needs, such as pass rushers. The final decision will likely impact Atlanta’s strategy for the upcoming season as the 2024 NFL Draft approaches on April 25 in Detroit.


By Michael Smith

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