Vikings Reportedly Traveled to Seattle for Private Workout with Michael Penix Jr

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The Minnesota Vikings have been heavily linked to three of the top four quarterbacks in the upcoming NFL Draft. They’ve reportedly held a private workout in Ann Arbor with Michigan’s JJ McCarthy. They’ve also been linked to LSU’s Jayden Daniels, though that has cooled a bit recently. Then there’s UNC’s Drake Maye, the new favorite pick for those projecting the Vikings’ plans

But it’s been a long time since the Vikings have been seriously linked to any QB prospect outside of those three. Smoke surrounding the other quarterbacks projected to go in the first round 1st round has been pretty much non-existent. For example, USC’s Caleb Williams is a lock at No. 1 to the Bears and all has been quiet on the Bo Nix (Oregon) front, since the Senior Bowl.

And the only recent mention of Washington’s Michael Penix Jr is this clip of Kevin O’Connell on the Pat McAfee show last week, where he seems to strongly insinuate a non-belief in Penix’s accuracy as a passer, something we know KOC sees as a fundamental must-have for any successful quarterback in the NFL.

Minnesota Vikings held private workout with Michael Penix Jr

That was until Jordan Schultz (Bleacher Report) reported on Monday afternoon that the Vikings have already travelling to Seattle, WA and worked out Penix Jr privately.

Of course, it’s not surprising that the Minnesota Vikings are doing their due diligence on a lot of quarterbacks in the draft but, as far as we know, Penix is only the second QB to have a private workout with the Vikings.

We do not know who was at the workout. Both KOC and KWesi were reportedly supposed to be at the private workout that was held at the University of Michigan with JJ McCarthy. That doesn’t mean that was the case for Penix Jr’s, but there is no evidence yet that they weren’t there either.

More on Michael Penix Jr.

As a 23-year-old super senior with the Washington Huskies, Penix threw for 4,903 yards on 363-of-555 passes (65.4 CMP %), including 36 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. They went to the National Championship, and then got boat-raced by the Michigan Wolverines.

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Before he was at Washington, Penix played three seasons at Indiana. His game was much different in Bloomington and his stats reflect that. He’s also dealt with a bevy of injuries throughout his college career, which is probably what’s holding down his draft stock the most.

2018IndianaBig TenFR3213461.82196.47.010125.6
*2019IndianaBig TenFR711016068.813948.78.8104157.6
*2020IndianaBig TenSO612422056.416457.57.9144136.5
2021IndianaBig TenJR58716253.79395.84.347101.9
Career Totals1067168563.3137418.28.49634146.6
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