One of the most dangerous traps for personnel evaluators is dogma.
Saying you’ll never do this, or always do that is a good way to acquire a set of blinders and miss.
“I always believe in drafting and acquiring toward what the norms are,” Caldwell said, via the team’s official website. “If 93 percent of the players in the NFL are playing at Division I-A programs, that’s the norm. I’m not saying I would never draft a small-school player, but they would have to dominate that level. I wouldn’t say absolutes, but I’m a believer: Big school, big competition.’’
During his time with the Falcons, their top draft picks were from Wisconsin, Alabama, Missouri, Ole Miss and Boston College.
While Julio Jones and Matt Ryan aren’t better players because they played at their respective colleges, there is a better opportunity to scout like vs. like in the SEC (or even the ACC) than the directional state schools or Division II players.