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Posted by: Kevin Brown
on Sunday, June 27, 2010 at 4:52:00 PM
Steelers OC Arians high on Vikings rookie QB Webb
It seems the Vikings aren't the only ones who really like the long-range potential of rookie QB Joe Webb, the team's sixth-round draft pick as a wide receiver who now appears destined to remain at quarterback.
Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator Bruce Arians had an up-close look at Webb earlier this weekend when Webb was one of the staff members working at the Arians Pro Football Academy Camp at Hoover High School, in Birmingham, Alabama.
Drafted with the expectation of moving him to wide receiver, the Vikings took a look at him at quarterback in their first mini-camp and have decided to keep him there ever since.
Arians is not surprised by the early reviews Webb has received in Minnesota, according to Steve Irvine of The Birmingham News.
"As an athlete, I don't know if I've seen 10 better," Arians said. "The numbers he put up at his (Pro Day) workout at UAB were astonishing. I've known it because I've watched him out here in the camp every year. He brought a hybrid player to your organization that might could play three positions in a very unique style that maybe no one has since Kordell Stewart."
But Arians sees Webb as more than just a "slash-type" prospect, he sees tremendous upside as a pure quarterback.
"He was always known as a runner and a great athlete but he can throw a football," Arians said. "With enough training in the pro style, the sky is the limit for him."
If Arians has one regret, however, it's that his Steelers failed to land him ahead of the Vikings in this Spring's NFL Draft.
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Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Sunday, June 27, 2010 at 8:17:00 AM
Allen, Peterson crack Fox's top-20 list
A quartet of quarterbacks were atop the FoxSports.com ranking of the top 100 players in the NFL, but Brett Favre didn't register that high. Instead, Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, Tom Brady and Ben Roethlisberger were at the top of Peter Schrager's list.
The Vikings had to settle for two players in the top 20, revealed this weekend. Running back Adrian Peterson was ranked 15th.
"Nicknamed ‘A.D.' – short for ‘All Day' – Peterson is still the most imposing, physical specimen of the rich crop of young RBs today. He's undoubtedly a top-20 player in the NFL, as well," Schrager wrote. "But there are some questions surrounding the three-time All-Pro heading into 2010. Has he resolved his fumbling issues, something that's haunted him since the start of his career? Can he put together the same kind of season he's used to without Chester Taylor spelling him on third downs? Will he work well with rookie Toby Gerhart? Peterson's still a beast—but he's not the game's number one back."
That honor went to the Tennessee Titans' Chris Johnson, who was ranked fifth overall, behind the four quarterbacks.
Defensive end Jared Allen was the only Viking to crack the top 10.
"Though Brett Favre got the bulk of the national media attention during Minnesota's Super Bowl near miss, Jared Allen was arguably the team's MVP," Schrager wrote. "A first-team All-Pro in each of his last three seasons, Allen set the bar high on October 5 vs. the Packers when the noted wild man recorded a career-high 4.5 sacks and a safety. In the playoffs, Allen and teammate Ray Edwards made the Cowboys' offensive line look silly, coming off the edge with reckless abandon on just about every passing down. Allen's the top pass rusher in the NFL and the only D-lineman to make this list's top 10 two years in a row."
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