David Blackburn '04 Joins NFL's Baltimore Ravens as Player Personnel Assistant
July 24, 2007
July 24, 2007, Greencastle, Ind. - David Blackburn has joined the National Football League's Baltimore Ravens as player personnel assistant. "Blackburn, a 2004 graduate of DePauw University (Greencastle, Ind.), joins the Ravens after two years as a graduate assistant coach at Butler (Indianapolis)," reports Maryland's Carroll County Times.
In his position, Blackburn "will work with both the college and pro scouting staffs, handling many of the day-to-day operations of the department, including scouting players, facilitating airport and hospital runs and training camp player weigh-ins."
“I was very impressed with David’s written as well as his oral communication skills,” says Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome. “He is a person that displayed the ability to do multiple tasks. At the same time, he enjoyed every facet of football, whether it be at the high school, college or professional level.”
The article notes that Blackburn "played defensive back and was captain of the DePauw Tigers football team." He was an economics major at DePauw.
"David has a lot of the qualities that we look for: passion, a go-getter, great work ethic, was a good player in college,” asserts Eric DeCosta, the Ravens director of college scouting. “One of the things I really liked was that he was a captain of both his high school and college teams, meaning the coaches and his teammates believed in him. We interview candidates for our staff the same way we interview players leading up to the draft. I believe David will be the next in a long line of great personnel staff members who have worked for the Ravens.”
David Blackburn was interviewed in a November 2003 WTHR-TV feature on Coach Nick Mourouzis' final Monon Bell game. Access clips via this previous story.