Caldwell, 38, served the 2012 season as the Falcons director of player personnel where he was responsible for both college and pro scouting efforts under Falcons General Manager Thomas Dimitroff. Caldwell spent his first four seasons with the Falcons as the director of college scouting overseeing Atlanta’s college area and regional scouts. His primary role was evaluating the hundreds of draft-eligible college players on an annual basis.
In Caldwell’s five seasons in Atlanta, the Falcons advanced to the postseason four times and were the only NFC team to post five consecutive winning seasons. The Falcons had a 56-24 regular season record in Caldwell’s tenure. Several of the players responsible for the Falcons’ success were drafted during Caldwell’s time including wide receiver Harry Douglas (3rd round, 2008), DE Kroy Biermann (5th round, 2008), linebacker Sean Weatherspoon (1st round, 2010), wide receiver Julio Jones (1st round, 2011) and running back Jacquizz Rogers (5th round, 2011). Eight rookies from the five draft classes started on opening day in 2012, and 20 out of 38 picks have started at least one game.
Prior to joining the Falcons, Caldwell spent 10 seasons (1998-2007) with the Indianapolis Colts under General Manager Bill Polian, helping to build a roster that claimed a victory in Super Bowl XLI and consisted of multiple Pro Bowl players drafted by the club. Caldwell was the western regional scout in his final two seasons with the Colts where he covered major college football conferences, including the Pac-10, Big 10 and Big 12. He joined the Colts in 1998 as an area scout and remained in that role for seven seasons, covering the Midwest and West Coast regions.
In 1996, Caldwell broke into the NFL with the Carolina Panthers as a scouting assistant where he spent two seasons. He served as the liaison between the college scouting director and multiple area scouts while focusing on draft preparations.
Caldwell graduated with a bachelor’s degree in finance/business administration in 1996 from John Carroll University where he was a two-year letterman at outside linebacker and played from 1992-96. A native of Buffalo, New York, he and his wife, Joelle, have a son, David Michael II.
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