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UAB's Joe Webb makes it to NFL Draft, heads to Vikings

Joe Webb in a game against UCF.
Joe Webb in a game against UCF.
AP Photo/ John Raoux

UAB quarterback Joe Webb is headed to Minnesota after being selected by the Vikings in the sixth round. Webb was the 199th pick over all in the draft.

Despite another lackluster season on the field by UAB, Webb managed to put on a show all his own for most of the games. Webb became the first player ever in NCAA history to pass for at least 2000 yards and rush for 1000 in consecutive seasons. He was also the C-USA offensive player of the year.

Webb had a total of 2,299 passing yards and 1,427 rushing yards for the 2009 campaign. His rushing performance this past season was actually the third highest amount of yards by a QB in NCAA history. 

For a career, Webb racked up 5,771 passing yards and 2,774 rushing yards. The majority of both of those numbers came in his Junior and Senior seasons.

It is no surprise to anyone who has seen Joe Webb play that he managed to get into the draft despite consecutive losing seasons by UAB. Many times Webb was nearly the entire offense, and his ability to escape precarious situations was not lost on NFL scouts. 

Webb will likely be a valuable asset to the Vikings. You may seem him play predominantly as a WR, but with his skills it is a no brainer that they well at the least slip him in at the Wildcat formation from time to time. Depending on how he performs on the field, he may earn a shot at QB duriing other situations as well. 

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