Caldwell has been a standout for the Crimson Tide since his freshman season. He earned Freshman All America honors that season after starting all 12 games, and followed that up with All SEC honors a year later increasing his consecutive start streak to 25. As a junior, Caldwell was suspended for four games for ‘improper receipt of textbooks,’ along with four other teammates.
Caldwell is a talented center prospect that brings a lot of versatility to the interior offensive line. He is tough and shows some ability to neutralize defenders at the point of attack. He can anchor himself and control his man but he also has the mobility to block in space. Caldwell has an excellent burst out of his stance and sets up as quickly as any lineman in the draft. He has experience at both guard and center and that versatility should help provide some depth.
Caldwell has only average size at best, and does not appear to have much more growth potential. He lacks the power to drive defenders off the ball and create running lanes with his natural ability. He will have to get stronger to be a more well rounded lineman and fit in more blocking schemes.
Caldwell was suspended during his junior year but that appears to be an isolated incident and should be hinder his draft stock or cause people to question his character. He already graduated from Alabama before returning for his fifth season, and he did an excellent job as a leader for the Tide in the year that they re-emerged as a college football power. Caldwell did a good job in the post season, and excelled at his pro day, showing the skills to play both guard and center in the NFL.