Scheffler latest Bronco sent packing

April, 19, 2010
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The 2006 Denver Broncos draft class is widely considered one of the best classes in recent years. Clearly, Josh McDaniels wasn’t overly impressed.

For the third time in a year and the second time in less than a week, McDaniels has jettisoned a player from the class.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting that Denver sent tight end Tony Scheffler to Detroit in a three-way deal that also included Philadelphia. The Broncos will get an undisclosed draft choice from the Eagles. ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported that Denver will get a fifth-round pick from the Eagles (No. 137) and that the Broncos sent a seventh-round pick to the Lions in the deal. The Broncos wanted a third-round pick for Scheffler.

Clearly, the Broncos just wanted to rid themselves of Scheffler. Scheffler was a second-round pick in 2006. He joins quarterback Jay Cutler (first round) and receiver Brandon Marshall (fourth round) as players who have been traded from the class since McDaniels took over.

Scheffler was often in McDaniels’ doghouse, and it climaxed when Scheffler was benched for the final game of the 2009 season for accountability reasons. Scheffler is a talented player who can stretch the field. Tight ends in McDaniels’ system often concentrate on blocking, which isn’t Scheffler’s forte.

Still, his departure further weakens Denver’s receiving options. The team has a glaring hole at the receiver position after trading Marshall to Miami last week. However, it is clear McDaniels wants his build his program his way, even though this deal doesn’t really help the Broncos’ drafting power. However, they do have three of the first 45 picks.

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ESPN San Francisco 49ers reporter

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