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Ravens Insider: Ravens director of college scouting David Blackburn expected to join Washington Commanders’ front office

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The Ravens continue to get raided.

David Blackburn, Baltimore’s director of college scouting, is expected to join the Washington Commanders as their director of player personnel, a source with direct knowledge of the situation confirmed to The Baltimore Sun. Blackburn has been with the Ravens since 2007, working his way up from personnel assistant to area scout to national scout before spending the past two seasons as the director of college scouting.

The Athletic was the first to report the news.

Washington, under new general manager Adam Peters, did not retain its director of player personnel Eric Stokes while director of pro personnel Chris Polian is expected to be hired by the Cleveland Browns, according to multiple reports.

The move is one of several the Commanders have made overhauling their front office under new general manager Adam Peters. It’s also just the latest of several departures from the Ravens’ organization following a 13-4 season and appearance in the AFC championship game.

In all, more than 10 members of the Ravens’ front office and coaching staff will be elsewhere in 2024, most of them because of promotions. The most notable departures were defensive coordinator Mike Macdonald leaving to become the Seattle Seahawks’ coach, defensive backs coach Dennard Wilson taking the Tennessee Titans defensive coordinator job, defensive line coach Anthony Weaver joining the Miami Dolphins as their defensive coordinator, and director of player personnel Joe Hortiz taking over as general manager of the Los Angeles Chargers, where Ravens coach John Harbaugh’s younger brother Jim was named coach earlier this year.

Blackburn started with the Ravens as a player personnel assistant in 2007 and worked his way up through the organization over the years. He spent seven years as an area scout, then two as national scout before being promoted to director of college scouting in 2022.

The Ravens will play the Commanders on Oct. 13 at 1 p.m. at M&T Bank Stadium.

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