Potential Daniel Jones replacement could fall to the second round or further

If Michael Penix Jr. is on the board on Day 2, should the Giants take him?

2024 CFP National Championship - Michigan v Washington
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The New York Giants have a major decision to make this offseason with quarterback Daniel Jones. While general manager Joe Schoen has said he's going to stick with Danny Dimes, there's a good chance we see the G-Men draft a new QB1 this spring.

Everyone is focusing on Drake Maye, Jayden Daniels and Caleb Williams. In order for Schoen to land one of those three, he's going to have to trade up. However, what if a different signal-caller with boatloads of talent is available in the second round? We're talking about Michael Penix Jr., who continues to drop in mock drafts following his showing in the National Championship Game.

However, in a recent interview with Rich Eisen, NCAA insider Bruce Feldman said there are some who think he's a potential first-rounder, while others think he could go undrafted because of his injury history. Come on, that's not going to happen. With that said, him falling to Day 2 could prove to be gold for the G-Men and Schoen.

Michael Penix Jr.'s NFL Draft stock is slipping by the day

Penix was on top of the world after the College Football Playoff semifinal win over Texas. He sliced up the Longhorns defense, putting on a show to send the Huskies to the title game against Jim Harbaugh and the Michigan Wolverines.

In that game, Penix struggled with throws he'd normally make in his sleep. The inconsistent showing raised plenty of eyebrows and not in a good way. However, we can't forget the fact that he helped UW go 14-1 this campaign, while throwing for 4,903 yards and 36 touchdowns.

The main issue with Penix is that he had to battle several injuries in college, most notably two different ACL tears. He also suffered a serious shoulder injury - these setbacks occurred with Indiana, prior to him making his way to Montlake to play for the Huskies.

There's no question that Penix is a great QB, but scouts clearly are a bit worried about how his body will be able to handle the pro game. Penix was able to stay healthy with the Huskies, which was great to see. If Schoen goes with Malik Nabers or Rome Odunze in the first round and he wants to rock with a quarterback either in the second or third round, Penix could be a great get for him and the NY front office.