9 Quarterbacks Taken Before Joe Webb in the 2010 NFL Draft
Joe Webb, 6th Round, 199th Overall
Word spread quickly through the internet that the Minnesota Vikings will be using backup quarterback Joe Webb in their NFL Playoff game against the Green Bay Packers. What makes this situation so unique and has the internet buzzing is the fact that Webb has not attempted a pass in the 2012 NFL season. Christian Ponder, the Vikings starting quarterback, was responsible for all of team’s passing statistics.
Webb did manage to play in one 2012 Vikings game. Against the Tennessee Titans, Webb rushed one time for a loss of one yard. In his career, Webb has played in 17 NFL games. Webb owns a 57.9% completion percentage. Webb has three passing touchdowns, but an unfortunate five interceptions and two fumbles. Webb does have a 6.7 rushing average on 41 carries along with four rushing touchdowns.
Webb was drafted by the Vikings as a wide receiver, but managed to make the depth chart as a quarterback with a strong training camp. While at UAB, Webb also played some wide receiver. In The 2007 season, Webb caught 30 passes for 459 yards and three touchdowns. In 2008 and 2009, Webb was a dual threat quarterback going for 2000 passing yards and 1000 rushing yards in both his junior and senior years. Webb was not invited to the 2010 NFL Scouting Combine. At the UAB Pro Day, Webb ran a 4.43 40 yard dash. At the Scouting Combine, no quarterback beat Webb’s time. Jarret Brown of West Virginia posted a 4.54. Tim Tebow was fourth fastest at the combine with a 4.72.
The Vikings drafted Webb in the sixth round of the 2010 NFL Draft. Players taken ahead of him are starters, free agents and one even plays in the Canadian Football League. Here is a look at the nine quarterbacks taken ahead of him. Webb did manage to beat out Tony Pike, Levi Brown, Sean Canfield and Zac Robinson, who were all selected later in the sixth and seventh rounds.
Sam Bradford, 1st Round, 1st Overall
Bradford has played in 42 NFL games since being taken with the first overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft. In 2012, Bradford completed 59.5% of his passes and posted a career high 3702 passing yards.
Tim Tebow, 1st Round, 25th Overall
Tebow has played in 35 games for the Broncos and New York Jets. After being the starter for the Broncos, Tebow is now relegated to the bench and looking to be traded out of New York. In 2012, Tebow managed only 39 yards passing and 102 yards rushing.
Jimmy Clausen, 2nd Round, 48th Overall
Clausen played in 13 games in the 2010 NFL season. The now backup quarterback had 1558 yards along with three touchdowns and nine interceptions. The Panthers would draft Cam Newton in the 2011 NFL Draft and end Clausen's number one role.
Colt McCoy, 3rd Round, 85th Overall
University of Texas
McCoy has played in 24 NFL games as part of the Browns never ending quarterback carousel. In 2012, McCoy played in three games.
Mike Kafka, 4th Round, 122nd Overall
Kafka played in only four NFL games during the 2011 season. Kafka threw for 107 yards and two touchdowns. On January fourth, Kafka was signed by the New England Patriots to a future/reserve contract after being a free agent.
John Skelton, 5th Round, 155th Overall
In 2012, Skelton played in seven games posting 1132 passing yards with a 54% completion percentage. Skelton did have nine interceptions compared to two touchdowns. Skelton has played in 20 games in the NFL.
Jonathan Crompton, 5th Round, 168th Overall
Crompton was drafted by the Chargers, but has yet to play in a NFL game. Crompton has also played on practice squads for the New England Patriots, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Washington Redskins. He is currently a free agent.
Rusty Smith, 6th Round, 176th Overall
Smith has played in a total of three NFL games since 2010. In 2012, Smith played in one game and posted 34 passing yards.
Dan Lefevour, 6th Round, 181st Overall
Central Michigan University
Lefevour has not played in a single NFL game. Lefevour has bounced around for practice squads of the Bears, Cincinnati Bengals, Indianapolis Colts, and Jacksonville Jaguars. The former Chippewa currently plays for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in the Canadian Football League.