Ranking the Patriots' 5 quarterback choices in 2024 NFL Draft

Five QBs appear to be in play for New England in the first round of the NFL Draft

Jan 8, 2024; Houston, TX, USA; Michigan Wolverines quarterback J.J. McCarthy (9) against the
Jan 8, 2024; Houston, TX, USA; Michigan Wolverines quarterback J.J. McCarthy (9) against the / Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
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4. Michael Penix, Jr. (Washington)

Penix took the college football world by storm in 2024, finishing as the Heisman Trophy runner-up and throwing darts in the College Football Playoff to lead Washington to the national title game.

At Washington's pro day, he opened some eyes by posting a sub-4.6 40-yard-dash time. Penix had the chance to cement himself as a top QB against an elite Michigan defense in the National Championship Game, but struggled with a performance of 27-of-51 passing for 255 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions as Michigan came away with a 34-13 victory.

That said, Penix's talent and upside cannot be denied. He had 4,903 yards passing, 36 touchdowns, and 11 interceptions and took only 11 sacks throughout the 2023 season. While he only rushed for eight yards on the season, he did have three touchdowns on the ground.

With his injury history, it makes sense that he would try to limit the number of hits he takes. If his pro day proved anything, it's that he still has the speed to get out of trouble when necessary. How does Penix end up a Patriot?

Like Nix, he would come into play if New England makes the Minnesota deal or trades down with someone else. It's possible that Penix will be gone by the 34th pick, so the Patriots may need to look at him at No. 23 if they have that pick—only if the Pats choose not to select a quarterback at No. 3.