2015 NFL DRAFT
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Joe Webb

Height: 6-3 | Weight: 223 | College: UAB
 
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Overview

Anyone flipping on UAB on one of the few occasions they made it to national television coverage could see that Webb is an excellent athlete with NFL potential at some position. His play at quarterback the past two seasons could force NFL teams to give him a shot there next summer, but his combination of size and speed have caused most teams to project him to receiver.

He proved himself a capable receiver with 30 catches for 459 yards and three scores in 2007, but then coaches saw the need to play their best quarterback at the crucial position. He won Conference USA Offensive Player of the Year in 2009, throwing for 2,299 yards with 21 touchdowns and running for an astounding 1,427 more yards with 11 scores. Webb ran for less yardage but the same number of touchdowns in 2008 (1,021, 11 scores), but his passing yardage total actually decreased (2,367). His biggest improvement came by throwing only eight interceptions last season, cutting that number in half from his junior campaign.

Despite playing for a losing team in a middling conference, Webb's accomplishment of being the first player in NCAA history to throw for 2,000 yards and run for 1,000 more in consecutive seasons is impressive.

NFL teams really wanted to see him as a receiver at the Senior Bowl, and he looked good enough to warrant a mid-to-late-round draft pick. His pro day performance (4.44 40, 42.5" vertical, 11'05" broad jump, 4.40 short shuttle, 21 reps, 6.71 three-cone) would have received the same type of hype Maryland offensive tackle Bruce Campbell did at the Combine - if only he had been invited. Webb's skill set could see him drafted much higher than people expect.

Analysis

Release: Takes time to get to full speed, but should improve here when coaches teach him to explode from his stance like he does the starting block in the 40. Accelerates past cornerbacks once in stride. Strong enough to handle the jam. Does not have a second gear downfield.

Hands: Huge hands (10.75") and arms (33.75") for the position; can use them to create separation downfield and snatch passes out of the air. Nice body control on the sidelines; able to keep his feet down. Makes tough catches in traffic, and will win jump balls with his height and vertical leap. Needs time on the Jugs machine to secure balls more consistently and tucking them away before making a move. Can track the ball over either shoulder down the sideline.

Route running: Relatively inexperienced as route runner; will round them off and give defenders clues before he makes the cut. Owns the agility to handle any route on the tree, however. Uses his big frame to shield defenders on slants and to muscle cornerbacks off the ball in the end zone. Has the deep speed and foot quickness for double moves and comeback routes to be effective; learning the head fake to sell the first move.

After the catch: Large man who is difficult for defensive backs to drag down, especially when in full stride. Quick enough to make a move to shed cornerback after the catch and gain additional yardage. Has a bit of elusiveness for his size; can stop and use his long rams to push by oncoming defenders. Willing to lower his shoulder and pound defenders on his way out of bounds.

Blocking: Has prototypical body, hands and upper-body strength to be effective downfield, but is very inexperienced here. Must prove he can be explosive and his effort can be consistent in training camp to see time on the field.

Intangibles: Intelligent, competitive field general. Coaches considered him the leader of the team. Carried the workload for a struggling team with few weapons around him. No character issues. Graduated with criminal justice degree in December, and served internship with Jefferson County Sheriff's Office in the summer of 2009.

2009 Season

Webb became the first player in NCAA history to pass for more than 2,000 yards and rush for 1,000 in consecutive seasons. Webb is ranked in the top 12 nationally of three statistical categories: total offense (5th), rushing (10th) and passing efficiency (12th). Webb finished his 2009 season with 2,299 passing yards and 1,427 yards on the ground, the latter the third-highest season total by a quarterback in NCAA history. For his career, Webb had 5,771 passing yards and 2,774 rushing yards for a total of 8,545 offensive yards. Webb also registered 37 passing touchdowns, 24 rushing TDs and four receiving scores.

2008 Season

First full season as UAB's quarterback, starting all 12 contests … finished the season ranked No. 15 nationally in total offense (282.3 avg.) … passed for 2,367 yards and rushed for 1,021 … ranked No. 48 in the country and sixth in C-USA in rushing (85.1 avg.) … shattered the C-USA records for rushing yards by a quarterback in a single season with his 1,021 … ranked fourth in the nation for rushing yards among QBs … accounted for 21 touchdowns, rushing for 11 and passing 10 … connected on 59 percent of his passes … passed for more than 200 yards in six games … season rushing total of 1,021 is only the second 1,000-plus performance in school history for a his season … passing total for yards is UAB's fifth-highest in school history … rushed for more than 100 yards in four games … established career-high for passing yards in a game with 326 against Florida Atlantic … also set personal single-game high for rushing with 135 yards versus Marshall … had a long run of 41 against Alabama State … voted a permanent season team captain by his Blazer teammates at the end of the season.

2007 Season

Saw extensive action on the field for the Blazers but most of it until late in the season came at wide receiver … saw quarterback playing time in seven contests … was 43-of-71 passing in the final three games … saw significant QB action in season finale at Marshall, hitting 14-of-26 for 200 yards with 1 TD pass) … made nine starts overall in 2007 … was 14-of-20 for 112 yards vs. Memphis in next-to-last game … against UCF (11/10/07), he hit 15-of-25 passes for 156 yards with three touchdowns and one interception … also was productive in action at receiver as he finished with 30 receptions for 459 yards with three touchdown catches … recorded three games with six receptions … season-high was 106-yard performance (and one touchdown) vs. Tulane … had six catches for 98 yards and a touchdown in seasonopener at Michigan State … registered 288 rushing yards with one rushing touchdown … had season-high of 81 yards on 18 rushing attempts.

2006 Season

His first action of the season did not come until the 11th game at Southern Miss, but he made the most of his opportunity in his final two contests (both road games) … started season finale at UCF … connected on 33-of-51 passes (64.7 percent) for 426 yards with one touchdown pass … had quarterback rating of 141.3 in his limited action … also rushed for 38 yards in two games … came off the bench against Southern Miss and hit 8-of-12 passes for137 yards and a touchdown … his touchdown was a 19-yarder to Sylvester Mencer … at UCF, he hit 25-of-39 passes for 289 yards … his 289-yard performance was a season-high for any Blazer quarterback … had a long rush of 36 yards in Southern Miss game.

2005 Season

Did not see any action during his true freshman season and was redshirted … named to Conference USA Commissioner's Honor Roll.

High School

Attended Wenonah High School … was named honorable mention Class 5A all-state by The Birmingham News … coached by Ronald Cheatham … threw for more than 2,000 yards and 18 touchdowns as a senior … played with a broken left wrist to complete 14 of 24 passes for four touchdowns in one game … set single-game record for Birmingham city schools … led Wenonah to the first round of state playoffs … team finished third in its region … set school record at Wenonah with a 415-yard passing performance with four touchdown passes … served as team captain his senior season … was selected his team Most Valuable Player … also participated in basketball and baseball during prep career … was member of National Honor Society.

Personal

Born Nov. 14, 1986 at Birmingham, Ala. … son of Wanda and Joseph Webb (divorced) … major is criminal justice.

 
Latest News
04/25/2010 - A closer look at the Vikings' picks: Round 6/199 -- Joe Webb, WR, 6-3, 226 pounds, UAB: A quarterback last season at UAB, he will be moved to wide receiver by the Vikings. He does have experience at that position.

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