Scout's Notebook: QB Joe Webb

Originally drafted with a transition to wide receiver expected, the Vikings just might keep Joe Webb at quarterback. From his past accomplishments to his athletic measurables to insight from others, here's the scouting report:

#14, Joe Webb, WR-QB
(6026, 220, 4.40-4.56) Alabama-Birmingham

Notes: Born 11/14/86, in Birmingham, Ala. Parents (now divorced) are Wanda and Joseph Webb. Attended Wenonah High School where he threw for more than 2,000 yards and 18 touchdowns as a senior. Set a school record with 415 yards passing and 4 TD passes in one game. Served as team captain as a senior. Also participated in basketball and baseball in high school. Was a member of the National Honor Society.

College: Redshirted as a true freshman in 2005; named to Conference USA Commissioner's Honor Roll. Did not see action until late in the 2006 season, completing 33 of 51 passes (64.7%) for 426 yards and one touchdown and a quarterback rating of 141.3. Also rushed 24-38-1. Saw action at both wide receiver and quarterback in 2007, completing 65 of 117 passes (55.6%) for 679 yards, five touchdowns, one interception and a 116.7 rating. Caught 30-459-3 (15.3 avg.) and rushed 67-288-1 (4.3 avg.). Full-time starting QB in 2008, completing 208 of 353 passes (58.9%) for 2,367 yards, 10 TDs, 16 interceptions and a 115.5 rating. Rushed 198-1,021-11 (5.2 avg.) and punted twice for a 44.5 average. As a senior in 2009, completed 162 of 271 passes (59.8%) for 2,299 yards, 21 TDs, 8 interceptions, 150.7 rating (No. 12 nationally). Rushed 227-1,427-11 (6.3 avg.) and caught 2-12-1 touchdown. Accounted for 73 percent of UAB's offensive yardage as a senior. In the final four games, passed for 1,239 yards (average of 310 yards) and 12 touchdowns as he connected on 67 percent (71 of 106) of his passes. Combined with his rushing numbers (444 yards/4 TDs), Webb's total offense in the last four games was 421 yards per game with 16 total touchdowns. He became the first NCAA quarterback ever to pass for 2,000 yards and rush for 1,000 in back-to-back seasons. Webb also was the nation's leader in 2009 for runs of 10 yards or more with 53. He was one of three players in the country in 2009 to pass for a touchdown, run for a touchdown and catch a TD pass in the same game. Major was criminal justice.

Pre-Draft: Measured 6026 (6-2¾), 223 pounds at Pro Day workout on March 11, 2010 … 4.43 40-yard dash … 1.54 10-yard … 2.55 20-yard … 42 ½-inch vertical jump … 11-5 broad jump … 4.04 20-yard shuttle … 6.71 three-cone drill … 21 reps at 225 pounds.

Pro: Selected by the Vikings in the sixth round (No. 199 overall) in the 2010 NFL Draft. The Baltimore Ravens were talking to Webb about signing as free agent, but as soon as he finished that call with John Harbaugh, the Vikings drafted him.

Positives: Superb athlete with tremendous "Wildcat" possibilities at quarterback. Nice size and arm strength. Very big hands and long arms. Put up solid numbers as a passer and is a smart kid with an aptitude for the position. Can be a real playmaker with the ball in his hands. Good run vision and open-field running instincts. Very effective scrambler who can buy time with his feet to keep plays alive or run for positive yardage, putting a tremendous strain on opposing defenses. Exceptional leaping ability (see p9PsUH1fmJk>YouTube clip).

Negatives: Needs a lot of refinement as a passer. Has yet to truly prove himself as a consistent decision-maker at quarterback. Limited experience as a wide receiver, where he needs a lot of route refinement and is a bit of a long-strider. Will be a bit of a project at either position.

Summary: Highly intriguing all-around athlete who brings some very unique skills. He has the physical tools to be an exciting quarterback or a solid wide receiver. The key question will be at which position will he have the best chance to develop.

What they said:

"He has an aptitude to be a quarterback. We went and drafted him as an athlete but if you go back and look at the UAB numbers, he put up outstanding numbers. So he knows what he's doing moving around back there as a quarterback. He processes very quickly. We are going to continue repping him at quarterback." –Brad Childress

"Webb has incredible athleticism, and will likely move from quarterback to receiver in the pros. He put up sensational numbers at Alabama-Birmingham, and fits well into the Vikings' West Coast system. It may take him a while to learn the receiver position, but he has the physical ability to eventually make an impact." –NFL.com

"The former collegiate quarterback will transition to wide receiver at the next level. Webb really opened some eyes during Senior Bowl practices in January when he played receiver. He has excellent size and runs well for his size. Webb is a very solid developmental prospect." –Adam Caplan, Scout.com

"I don't see how anybody in America could be thought of more highly than I think of him. If you look at his measurables, that speaks for itself. And, after being around him, he's an extremely hard worker and a great competitor. I think he's a big-time guy." —UAB coach Neil Callaway

"He struggled to get open during Senior Bowl practices, but I like his athleticism. I expect him to be drafted late as a wide receiver. He could also serve as a Wildcat type of quarterback." —Charles Davis, NFL Network analyst

"Joe Webb will likely be moved into a receiving role in Minnesota. Bernard Berrian won't be around much longer, so depth was needed. (Pick Grade: B)" –WalterFootball.com


Kevin Brown has been providing personnel analysis and writing about the Vikings for more than 20 years with Viking Update. Follow VU on Twitter and discuss this and other topics on our message boards.


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