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Washington Commanders name David Blackburn Director of Player Personnel

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LOUDOUN COUNTY, Va. – The Washington Commanders announced today they have named David Blackburn as the team's director of player personnel.

Blackburn joins the Commanders after working for the Baltimore Ravens for the past 17 years. In Baltimore he most recently held the role of director of college scouting. In that role, Blackburn oversaw the Baltimore college scouting process and played a vital role in planning for the NFL Draft.

"I've known David Blackburn for a number of years dating back to our days scouting the West Coast," said General Manager Adam Peters. "David has always impressed me with his consistent approach, talent in player evaluation and overall professionalism. He is one of the most respected scouts in the NFL and is also a top-notch person. He has been a valued member of the Baltimore Ravens personnel department and has learned from two of the most well-respected people in our business in Ozzie Newsome and Eric DeCosta. David will be an outstanding addition to the staff we are building here in Washington."

Blackburn joined the Baltimore Ravens organization in 2007 as a player personnel assistant. He worked his way up the Baltimore scouting department eventually becoming an area scout in the West from 2012-2019. He was promoted to the role of national scout and held that position from 2020-21 before being promoted to director of college scouting following the 2022 NFL Draft.

Blackburn worked as a graduate assistant for Butler University in 2006 prior to joining the Ravens organization. During his one season at Butler he assisted with the defensive backs.

An Indianapolis, In. native, Blackburn graduated from DePauw University with a degree in economics and a minor in history. While at DePauw, he was a four-year starter at cornerback for the football program. He was a team captain during his senior season and became the school's only four-time All-SCAC (Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference) selection.

Blackburn was inducted into the DePauw Athletics Hall of Fame as part of the 2020 class. He also received the DePauw Young Alumni Award in 2018. Blackburn has also served on both the DePauw Alumni Association Board of Directors and the DePauw Board of Visitors.

Blackburn is married to his wife, Kishia and the couple have two sons, David III and Khyris, and a daughter, Aubree.

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