To say that Joe Webb jumped on the chance to improve his draft stock during a Pro Day workout on Thursday isn’t just a bad pun, it doesn’t come close to telling just how impressive the University of Alabama-Birmingham quarterback-turned-wide-receiver was.
Webb wasn’t even invited to the combine – as a QB or a wide-out, his projected position in the NFL. You won’t find his name listed in any of the draft publications that are out there – at quarterback or wide receiver.
But here’s what the 6-foot-3, 223-pound Webb did: 21 reps with 225 pounds in the bench press; a 42½-inch vertical leap; an 11-5½ effort in the broad jump; and a time in the 40-yard dash that was a fast as 4.43 seconds, according to one watch.
He also had times of 6.55 seconds in the three-cone drill and 3.91 in the short shuttle – marks that would have ranked among the top times at the combine.
“It was a phenomenal workout, but I kind of expected it,” UAB coach Pat Dye told the Birmingham News.
Asked about the feedback he got from the NFL scouts in attendance, Dye offered, “They love his athleticism, his body, his speed and quickness, his explosiveness. But it’s a big move to receiver even if you’re making it in college, much less the highest level there is.”