Ranking the NY Giants QB targets ahead of the 2024 NFL Draft

It's clear who's No. 1 on the list - USC's Caleb Williams

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4. Michael Penix Jr., Washington

There are a lot of reasons to like Michael Penix Jr. He has one of the best arms in the nation, led an underrated Washington team to the National Championship, and has a lot of NFL-level tendencies. However, there are also more than a few reasons to be a little down on Penix as a prospect that unfortunately don't all have to do with his play on the field.

For starters, Penix is going to be 24 years old by the time the season rolls around, making him one of the older QBs in the class. Alongside this, he has suffered several serious injuries such as two torn ACLs and an AC joint separation in each of his shoulders. Given the Giants' injury luck and history, gambling on an older QB with a serious injury history may not be worth the risk at pick No. 6.

Through 14 games this season, Penix completed 66.7 percent of his passes for 4,648 yards, 35 touchdowns, and nine interceptions. His arm did most of the work during his time at Washington, but he has shown some flashes of handling complex concepts that could put him ahead of the competition when it comes to being drafted.

Despite this, Penix still struggles with his pocket presence, isn't the most accurate in the intermediate range, and has the aforementioned injury history. The upside is certainly there, but it may be worth trading back into the first round to select Penix as opposed to taking him so high.