FLOWERY BRANCH — David Caldwell, the Falcons’ director of player personnel, accepted the position of general manager with the Jacksonville Jaguars on Tuesday.
“Dave is a very bright, adept and organized talent evaluator,” Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff said. “He has a very sound understanding of team building and player acquisition. Dave has been an integral member of our scouting department and has demonstrated excellent leadership as the director of college scouting and as the director of player personnel. I have complete confidence in Dave, and I know that he will excel in his new role as the general manager of the Jacksonville Jaguars.”
Caldwell interviewed with the Jaguars three times. He was also had two interviews with the New York Jets for the same position.
Caldwell will replace Gene Smith and have to make a decision on head coach Mike Mularkey.
Caldwell was in his first season as the Falcons director of player personnel in 2012. He oversaw both the college and pro scouting efforts and worked closely Dimitroff. Caldwell also handled the day-to-day analysis and evaluation of the Falcons current roster while aiding in the research on how to acquire future free agents.
Prior to being promoted by the Falcons, he spent the previous four seasons with the Falcons as the director of college scouting overseeing Atlanta’s college area and regional scouts. He also assimilated the information he received and presented it to Dimitroff with a goal of making the NFL draft as effective as possible. Caldwell was also responsible for scouting the top talent in the country.
Caldwell has served in the NFL for 15 years, 10 of which came with the Indianapolis Colts. He’s also worked with the Chicago Bears and Carolina Panthers.
Caldwell is a graduate of John Carroll University, earning a Bachelor’s degree in Finance/Business Administration.
He was a two-year letterman as an outside linebacker helping the Blue Streaks to an Ohio Athletic Conference title in 1994. A native of Buffalo, New York, Caldwell and his wife, Joelle, have one son, David Michael II.
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