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Webb's NFL workout off the charts

By Doug Segrest -- The Birmingham News

March 12, 2010, 7:16AM

Joe Webb wowed NFL scout at UAB's Pro Day Thursday. (The Birmingham News / Bernard Troncale)This story ran in Friday's Birmingham News:

Atlanta sports agent Pat Dye Jr. was minding his own business in his office when he took the first of a series of calls from a former Auburn football coach.

"My dad called me three or four times and told me, 'You are crazy if you don't sign this kid. He's going to play on Sundays, I'm telling you.' " The caller was Pat Dye, of course.

The kid was UAB quarterback Joe Webb, who, Dye Jr. admitted, "wasn't on my A-list" of potential clients."

Webb is now.

And after working out at UAB's Pro Day as a receiver, he may be climbing the NFL Draft list, as well.

Playing receiver, one of four positions he could end up playing as a pro, Webb turned in eye-popping numbers:

> He reached 38 1⁄2 inches on his vertical jump.

Then, with teammates rooting him on, he climbed to 42 1⁄2 . The latter number led all receivers at the NFL Combine and would have ranked second overall there.

> He leaped 11 feet, 5-and-a-half inches in the long jump, a number that surpassed all other receivers at the Combine by almost half a foot.

> His 20-yard shuttle of 3.91 seconds would have bested the top time overall time at the combine of 4.03.

> He turned in a ready-for- prime-time 4.43 in the 40-yard dash.

Atlanta Falcons star Roddy White, an ex-Blazer, watched the first two drills and started shaking his head while displaying a can-you-believe-that? grin.

"I wouldn't say they are world record numbers, but they were close," UAB coach Neil Callaway said after watching Webb's vertical leap. "It's like a guy who catches a 15-pound bass."

Webb wasn't invited to the NFL Combine in Indianapolis, so he came to Legion Field on a mission.

"I had something to prove."

According to Dye, his agent, he did just that.

"It was a phenomenal workout, but I kind of expected it," said Dye, who said feedback from NFL teams has been very positive. "They love his athleticism, his body, his speed and quickness, his explosiveness. But it's a big move even to receiver if you're making it in college, much less the highest level there is."

The 6-foot-3, 225-pound Webb will create a quandary for NFL teams when the draft rolls around. He has a quarterback pedigree, receiver speed and the size of a small tight end. He could wind up at receiver, tight end, H-back or wildcat quarterback.

"That gives him added value," Dye said.

Former UAB kicker Jake Arians, the sideline reporter on Blazers football radiocasts, has been around the NFL most of his life. Dad Bruce is the offensive coordinator for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

"There's not a receiver in an NFL locker room who looks better than htat," he said.as Webb worked out "Value wise, there won't be a better pick."

While Webb missed out on a combine invitation, he did have an impressive workout at the Senior Bowl in January. He benched pressed 225 pounds for 21 reps -- only one other receiver turned in 20 reps. And his hands were measured as the second largest at the game behind Alabama's Terrence Cody.

Working out with former UAB quarterback Darrell Hackney Thursday, Webb showed good hands, but got chastised occasionally for his lack of experience running routes. That, of course, is something most NFL teams expect going in.

Webb worked out with a number of teammates, but one NFL prospect was noticeable by his absence. Center Jake Seitz was held out of workouts because of a nagging chest muscle pull.

Dye, who followed his father's advice to sign Webb, believes the athlete may surpass early projections that he could have to settle for free agency.

"I hope for his sake he's drafted. It means a team is investing a signing bonus," Dye said. "Those teams have seven picks. They want to hit on all of them -- it's a sign of a good investment."

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Finally someone is starting to notice this kid, I've had him in all my mocks as a 5th round pick, I believe he could be a 3rd down RB, a beast of a WR, because he has amazing speed and a red zone receiver for his size , he could also be our Wildcat QB and I think Jerious Norwood and him could be amazing

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Finally someone is starting to notice this kid, I've had him in all my mocks as a 5th round pick, I believe he could be a 3rd down RB, a beast of a WR, because he has amazing speed and a red zone receiver for his size , he could also be our Wildcat QB and I think Jerious Norwood and him could be amazing

lol

You've been all on his jock since I mentioned him to you. You're just re-typing the same stuff I said a month ago. It's rather annoying.

But yeah, Joe Webb is a beast.

Here's a video of his jumping ability:

Freak.

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lol

You've been all on his jock since I mentioned him to you. You're just re-typing the same stuff I said a month ago. It's rather annoying.

But yeah, Joe Webb is a beast.

Here's a video of his jumping ability:

Freak.

LOL, you should take it as a honor man.

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Yeah i had him in my mock earlier. I heard he was pretty athletic, but wow i did not know he was that athletic. I thought he was a 4.6 guy.

Lmao at Blazer Falcon. Its a message board dude. You think that every person on here saw your post on him whenever it was?

No, that's not what I said.

My response was directed at flashinator.

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true thanks man didnt mean no hard feelings dont you love this kids potential?

Of course.

I saw him play in every game this past season. He's ridiculous.

Unfortunately, I don't think the Falcons will draft him as they did not send a scout to his pro day.

The Steelers, Cardinals, Dolphins, Raiders, Giants, and Browns did, though.

http://www.draftinsider.net/blog/?p=1319

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Finally someone is starting to notice this kid, I've had him in all my mocks as a 5th round pick, I believe he could be a 3rd down RB, a beast of a WR, because he has amazing speed and a red zone receiver for his size , he could also be our Wildcat QB and I think Jerious Norwood and him could be amazing

Did you see him at the Senior Bowl, I know he was only there a limited time as he was a late add, but he didn't look good. I would rather have a pure WR in round 5.

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Did you see him at the Senior Bowl, I know he was only there a limited time as he was a late add, but he didn't look good. I would rather have a pure WR in round 5.

Actually, Joe Webb had a very good week of practice by almost all accounts.

He owned some of the best cornerbacks there, including Patrick Robinson.

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Wanna provide some of these links?

"Joe Webb/WR/UAB: Webb has been the Blazers starting quarterback the past two seasons yet made a seamless transition to receiver this week and looked like a seasoned veteran at the position. Webb was solid catching the ball all week, regularly beating defensive backs that are graded as early round picks."

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2010/football/nfl/01/29/senior.bowl/

"Former QB and current WR from UAB, Joe Webb, was doing a good job in team drills today. He’s pretty physical and has a good frame at 6′3″ 223 lbs. Webb uses his body well to shield the defender from the ball, something that some receivers never develop. He’s still very raw and it shows. He took an awful angle to try and block for Dexter McCluster on an outside run.

In 7-7 drills, Patrick Robinson looked pretty sharp. He stayed tight in coverage on Joe Webb, tipping a Zac Robinson pass into the air and then intercepting it.

Trevard Lindley has yet to impress me this week. Joe Webb made him look silly on a comeback route that was easily caught."

http://draftbreakdown.com/senior-bowl-blog-thursday

"After the first day of practice Monday at Fairhope Municipal Stadium, it was hard to tell it has been more than two years since Webb ran routes. As a sophomore, he started nine games at receiver and caught 30 passes for 459 yards and three touchdowns."

http://blog.al.com/press-register-sports/2010/01/not_your_average_joe_uab_quart.html

"Converted UAB quarterback Joe Webb is looking pretty good at wide receiver. Runs smoothly, but his hands are inconsistent."

http://www.mockingthedraft.com/2010/1/26/1270612/live-blogging-day-2-of-senior-bowl

"Wide Receivers/Tight Ends - Two of the receivers that stood out to me today were The Citadel's Andre Roberts and UAB's Joe Webb.

Webb, a quarterback at UAB, displayed great athleticism as he made the transition out wide. I could really see Webb developing into the next Antwaan Randle El or Joshua Cribbs, a college quarterback who finds success as a receiver in the NFL. He certainly has the talent to do so."

http://draftheadquarters.com/current-sea...Report.htm

"Joe Webb (UAB) caught a few tough passes and showed some pow­er­ful yards after catch abil­ity. Tough kid that has the size and strength to over­whelm most defen­sive backs."

http://ncaabbs.com/showthread.php?tid=415931

"Notes: One of the more interesting prospects on the field is former Alabama-Birmingham quarterback Joe Webb, who's exclusively lining up at receiver during the Senior Bowl. After some early bumps in practice, Webb got his feet underneath him and looked like the transition to his new position would be a smooth one. Webb's day culminated when he beat Florida State's Patrick Robinson on a deep route and made a difficult, over-the-shoulder reception."

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2010/fo...wl.monday/

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