Last year, Scott Pioli showed he isn’t one to ignore talent from small schools, so it should come as no surprised that the Chiefs were one of 20 teams at the William and Mary pro day.
Quarterback R.J. Archer, safeties David Caldwell and Robert Livingston, defensive tackle Sean Lissemore, wide receiver D.J. McAulay, defensive end Adrian Tracy and tight end Rob Varno participated. The players ran through drills traditionally featured at the NFL combine, including the 225-pound bench press, vertical leap, standing broad jump and 40-yard dash, as well as various quickness and position drills.
“I think David Caldwell had a heck of day. He had been flying under the radar for a number of reasons, but he is just a physical specimen and he really performed well.” Fellow senior Lissemore said.
Caldwell talked to several scouts Wednesday and said that representatives from the Kansas City Chiefs and the New England Patriots have expressed interest.
With 20 scouts present, the event featured the biggest turnout in recent memory, a fact players attribute to the successful NFL careers of several College alumni. William and Mary has graduated two Super Bowl winners: Pittsburgh Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin ’95 and New Orleans Saints safety Darren Sharper ’97. Derek Cox ’09 was a third-round draft pick by the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2009.
“When we have guys coming out and performing real well, it helps us,” Caldwell said. “If Derek Cox hadn’t performed so well last year and made such an impact on the Jaguars, we wouldn’t have had as much attention on Adrian and Sean, and that gave players like myself an opportunity to go off of Adrian and Sean. You just have to use whatever you can use when you come from a small school that’s not used to putting out big name prospects.”
Is Caldwell the next Darren Sharper? Not likely, but he will be a guy to keep your eye on the hours following the draft, especially if he measured out at a legit 5-11.
He was a first team selection in his conference after leading William and Mary in tackles each of the past two seasons. And if you don’t believe Caldwell’s teammate about him being a physical specimen, go check out the gallery from yesterday’s workout. Being ripped doesn’t make someone worthy of the NFL (outside of Oakland) but he did get the job done on the field as well.
Fun fact from his W&M bio, Caldwell is related to Larry Doby. Great bloodlines to have!