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Webb will come in as wide receiver

Posted by: under Vikings, NFL draft Updated: April 24, 2010 - 3:14 PM

Joe Webb started his career at UAB as a quarterback, switched to wide receiver after a "quarterback controversy" in 2007, moved back to quarterback in 2008 and now enters the NFL as a receiver.

The Vikings selected Webb in the sixth round with the 199th overall pick. Webb said the Vikings want him as a receiver but also might use him in special packages such as the Wildcat.

"Right now, I'm just going up there freely, open to whatever they want me to do," Webb said. "If they want me to get some reps at quarterback, that's fine. But I'm just trying to work my way in."

"It's based on what the coaches want me to do," he added. "Right now they want to see me at receiver and see how can I improve there. As time goes on, if they want to see what I've got at quarterback, I'm all for it. I'm pretty open right now. I just want to go out there and play some football."

Webb is the first player in NCAA history to pass for 2,000 yards and rush for 1,000 yards in consecutive seasons. He was UAB's full-time starting quarterback the past two seasons so he said he's worked hard on refining his receiving skills.

"Ever since the Senior Bowl I've been working a lot with my technique and running ability so I'm getting comfortable at it," Webb said.

Webb said he thought he would end up with Baltimore or Pittsburgh and was actually on the phone with Ravens coach John Harbaugh when the Vikings called to let him know they were picking him.

"To be honest, the Vikings were the last team on my mind," he said. "I didn't think the Vikings would pick me. But I'm more than happy to go up there and contribute to the team. I'm just looking forward to going up there and showing them what I've got."

 

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