Reports Say Cousins “A Bit Stunned” At Penix Jr. Pick

After the surprise drafting of Washington quarterback Michael Penix Jr. by the Atlanta Falcons, a controversy immediately arose over how much their just-hired starting quarterback Kirk Cousins knew about the pick and his reaction to it.

After the number eight pick was revealed, The Athletic’s NFL reporter Dianna Russini posted that the Falcons called Cousins when they were on the clock to make a decision about the pick. Russini said in a post on X (formerly Twitter) that Cousins understood the Falcons could draft a quarterback, but Cousins wasn’t expecting a QB would be chosen in the first round, adding that she was told Cousins was “a bit stunned.”

Later, NFL Network reporter Mike Garafolo also reported a statement from Cousin’s agent Mike McCartney in a post…

The pick of Penix Jr. was met with immediate derision from critics after the draft pick was announced. Many expected the Falcons to use their first-round number-eight pick for a defensive player.

Cousins signed a four-year $180 million contract back in March.