Joe Webb – QB (2010)
We close out this list with another pick from oh so long ago. Joe Webb was a sixth-round choice by the Vikings back in 2010 and the college quarterback was taken with the intention of turning him into a receiver. Minnesota did toy with that idea for a bit, but Webb proved that quarterback was his true position in the NFL.
Webb actually started a couple of games for the Vikings during his rookie season. He became the answer to a fun bit of trivia as he was the first signal-caller in team history to return an opening kickoff. Webb also started that odd Tuesday night game after the collapse of the Metrodome roof and led Minnesota to an upset victory over the Philadelphia Eagles.
Webb was mostly used as a reliever at quarterback when Brett Favre got hurt or later when Christian Ponder struggled. His elite athletic ability was an asset as teams had a hard time adjusting to his ability to extend plays in the pocket or escape down the field for yardage on the ground.
Webb actually started a playoff game for the Vikings in 2013 when Ponder was hurt and he couldn’t suit up against the Green Bay Packers in the wild-card round. So Webb got the start and Minnesota got the loss as he completed just 11 of 30 passes for 180 yards and a touchdown.
The Vikings did move Webb to be a receiver in 2013, but he only caught five passes. The following season he signed with the Carolina Panthers and hung around there for three years. He then played a season with the Buffalo Bills and last year he was a backup quarterback for the Houston Texans.
Webb has had an interesting NFL career. He has bounced back-and-forth between playing wide receiver and quarterback and he always seems to defy the odds to make the roster of whatever team gives him an opportunity.
He hasn’t had the most productive pro career, but the fact that he is still playing after a decade in the league speaks volumes to his talent and commitment to succeed. He definitely has outperformed his sixth-round draft slot.