ENGLEWOOD—The days following the draft each year is when NFL teams shake up their front office.
The Denver Broncos were no exception although in their case, all of general manager John Elway’s moves were in-house promotions.
A.J. Durso was promoted from assistant director of pro personnel to director of pro personnel. He replaces Tom Heckert, who is now senior personnel advisor.
Durso essentially handled Heckert’s role much of last year as Heckert took time to deal with health issues. Heckert is now doing well, thank you, but now the former NFL general manager who has done it all is transitioning to a new role.
The Broncos also formally promoted national scout Brian Stark to director of college scouting, a job formally held by Adam Peters. When Peters was hired away by the San Francisco 49ers two months ago, Stark assumed his duties and was a key component in the Broncos’ 2017 draft.
The Broncos also announced Darren Mougey (West) and Nick Shiralli (East) are the team’s two regional scouts. Bryan Chesin was moved from player personnel assistant to Midwest area scout and Patrick Walsh was moved up from personnel intern to player personnel assistant.
Elway and director of pro personnel Matt Russell remain the sheriff and top deputy of the Broncos’ football operations.
Scouts staying in place: Jordon Dizon (pro), Eugene Armstrong (Southeast area) Dave Bratten (college scouting coordinator, area scout), Scott DiStefano (Midwest area) and Klein Kubiak (Southwest area).