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Falcons select quarterback Michael Penix Jr. in draft stunner after signing Kirk Cousins

The Atlanta Falcons shook things up.

The Falcons, who signed Kirk Cousins ​​to a four-year deal earlier this offseason, selected Washington quarterback Michael Penix Jr. with the first shock pick of the draft on Thursday night.

Cousins ​​is 35 years old and has a torn Achilles tendon, so this could be a safety blanket. However, Cousins ​​signed for $180 million with $100 million guaranteed.

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Michael Penix Jr. of the Washington Huskies throws during the second half of a game against the Michigan Wolverines during the 2024 CFP National Championship Game at NRG Stadium in Houston on January 8, 2024. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

This is surprising considering that nearly every expert had Penix as the fifth quarterback. Instead, he will be fourth, with Michigan’s JJ McCarthy remaining available.

Last season, Washington’s reign over the Pac-12 continued. Penix threw for 4,903 yards, 36 touchdowns, and 11 interceptions. Although the University of Michigan defeated Washington, his efforts with a high-octane offense led to a national championship berth.

Michael Penix Jr. attempts a pass

Washington Huskies quarterback Michael Penix Jr. throws an interception during the CFP National Championship game against the Michigan Wolverines at NRG Stadium in Houston on January 8, 2024. (David Buono/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

That performance likely hurt his stock. He completed 27 of 51 passes for 255 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions.

Michael Penix Jr. gestures to the audience

Michael Penix Jr. of the Washington Huskies celebrates after a 37-31 victory over the Texas Longhorns in the CFP semifinal Sugar Bowl at Caesars Superdome in New Orleans on January 1, 2024. (Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

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Penix, who is almost 24 years old, has a history of injuries before playing in the NFL.

He has torn his right anterior cruciate ligament twice, once in 2018 and once in 2020 while at Indiana University, suffered a collarbone fracture in 2019 and an AC joint separation in 2021.

FOX News’ Scott Thompson contributed to this report.

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