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Florio: Steelers Could Draft QB Michael Penix in First Round

Mike Florio believes that the Pittsburgh Steelers could still draft Michael Penix Jr. with the 20th overall pick in the draft.



Steelers draft QB Michael Penix Jr.

Remember when the Pittsburgh Steelers had a pre-draft visit set with Michael Penix? That visit never happened, and the interest in top quarterbacks died off. That came after the team revamped their entire room by bringing in Russell Wilson, Justin Fields, and Kyle Allen.

The Steelers have more significant needs than quarterback that early at this point. But Omar Khan never ruled out drafting someone later. However, Mike Florio said on 93.7 the Fan that he believes Penix is still in play for the 20th overall pick.

Penix flashed his sub-4.6 speed at pro day, testing well. On top of that, he put his vertical throwing on display, catching the eyes on many scouts.

Bruce Arians, who was the Steelers offensive coordinator at one point and is now a Super Bowl winning coach, believes that Penix is a hidden gem in the class.

“As far as the football grade, I love (Penix) because he does things I love to do,” Arians told the Tampa Bay Times. “He puts (the ball) up the field. He’s as accurate on throws up the field as anyone I’ve seen in 15 years Just to fight through that last game after he had that ankle tore up. But what he did to Texas was unbelievable.”

Penix’s Sugar Bowl game is one that everyone should point to if they want the Steelers to land him.

He completed 28 of 36 attempts for 430 yards and two touchdowns against them, showing off his best traits. Penix has an identity as a guy who can run a little hot and cold at times, but there is no doubt he was on in this game.

His vertical passing ability stuck out as he made tight window throws downfield all game. The most impressive part of his game? His pocket movement. Penix’s calm movements allowed him to distribute the ball to his excellent playmakers efficiently. It could easily boost his draft stock sharply, though some questionable medicals will arise. But his vertical passing with George Pickens could become a real weapon if that’s the route Pittsburgh wants to go.