2024 NFL Draft: Kirk Cousins stunned by Falcons' decision to take QB Michael Penix Jr. in Round 1, per report

Taking Michael Penix Jr. with the eighth overall choice on Thursday night,  

the Atlanta Falcons stunned everyone and earned the title of most unexpected pick of the first round of the 2024 NFL Draft.   

The Falcons kept their decision so under wraps that they did not even inform Kirk Cousins of their decision.   

Daniel Jeremiah of NFL Media disclosed during the draft that Cousins and his team were unaware that the Falcons would select a quarterback with their first pick.   

Mike McCartney, the agent for Cousins, stated on NFL Network that the Penix selection was "a big surprise."  

"We were unaware that this would occur. The truth is that nobody in the league knew this was going to happen.

We were not warned. The Falcons called Kirk while they were in overtime. The first thing we heard was that. It was never discussed in any dialogue."

According to The Athletic, the Falcons attempted to patch things up by calling a shocked Cousins to inform him of the selection when they were ON THE CLOCK, but that didn't make a difference. 

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