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Vikings move 'athlete' to QB

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- A quick jaunt over to Minnesota's organized team activity Wednesday revealed the Vikings are now working sixth-round draft pick Joe Webb at quarterback. This is interesting for two reasons:

  1. A quarterback at UAB, Webb played receiver in the Senior Bowl. For NFL purposes, he was considered a marginal quarterback prospect. After the draft, the Vikings said they considered him an athlete who was destined to play receiver.

  2. Webb's freakish athletic skills have made him something of a viral YouTube sensation. (If you haven't seen it, check out this video of Webb jumping over seven sideline bags.) At 6-3 and 223 pounds, he runs the 40 in 4.5 seconds and has a 42-inch vertical leap.

Coach Brad Childress said the Vikings took a look at his passing skills on the final day of rookie minicamp earlier this month. They saw enough to forgo the receiver transition, at least for now.

"He has an aptitude to be a quarterback," Childress said. "We went and drafted him as an athlete, but if you go back and look at the UAB numbers ... he put up outstanding numbers. So he knows what he's doing, moving around back there as a quarterback.

"I don't know long-term after three practices, but we're going to continue repping him at quarterback. It's hard to serve two masters. Trying to get him immersed in a system."

Let's be clear right now. If anyone starts championing Webb as an heir apparent for Brett Favre (or even Tarvaris Jackson), you're permanently banned from the NFC North blog. To me, the more interesting development would come in September. If the Vikings like Webb's potential, would he bump Sage Rosenfels as the No. 3 quarterback? In many ways, it makes more sense to use that No. 3 position for a developing player rather than a veteran.

To be continued.