2010 NFL Draft: Could Tony Scheffler Trade Impact Denver Broncos' Draft Plans?

Erik FrenzSenior Writer IApril 20, 2010

SAN DIEGO - OCTOBER 19:  Tony Scheffler #88 of the Denver Broncos celebrates a touchdown against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium on October 19, 2009 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Jacob de Golish/Getty Images)
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Tony Scheffler was the kind of tight end most teams would love to have on their rosters.

His quickness allowed him to split the seam against slower linebackers, but he still had the strength to hold his own in blocking situations.

He was also involved in a rift with Josh McDaniels and was unceremoniously shown the door in a three-way trade in which the Broncos received just a fifth-round pick for the tight end and their seventh-rounder.

The Denver Broncos already had a host of holes on the roster coming into the draft. Add to that the recent trade of Brandon Marshall, which opened up a hole at wide receiver, and things get mystifying for the Broncos in the early rounds of the draft.

They may be able to find some clarity, however, as they possess three picks in the first 45 this year, at Nos. 11, 43, and 45.

With all that in mind, it wouldn't surprise me one bit if McDaniels borrows a page from Bill Belichick's book and trades around rigorously in the draft, acquiring picks to fill many needs on the roster in one fell swoop. They certainly have the ammunition to trade around, with several late picks they can package together to move up and down the board, taking whomever their heart desires.

Many Broncos fans (including McDaniels himself) are high on Oklahoma State WR Dez Bryant, but wide receiver is a very deep position in this year's draft, with Demaryius Thomas, Damian Williams, Andre Roberts, Brandon LaFell, and several other prospects.

Tight end is also deep, as prospects such as Oklahoma's Jermaine Gresham, Rob Gronkowski, Aaron Hernandez, Ed Dickson, and Dorin Dickerson have lit up discussion boards all over the web. All are tight ends who could fill the void left behind by Scheffler.

Considering what McDaniels did last year, though, it wouldn't surprise me at all if he takes the best offensive skill position player on the board when his team picks at No. 11. That will more than likely be Bryant.

McDaniels has overhauled most of Mike Shanahan's staff and roster, and he has a chance to really put his thumbprint on the organization with this year's draft. More questionable decisions like this and the decisions from last offseason, however, could lead to a quick landing on the hot seat.