An article was recently posted by Paul K. (you can read it here), in which he suggests that the Titans trade a fourth round pick to the Giants for Osi Umenyiora. While last year we got a great talent in Colin McCarthy in the fourth, the odds of striking gold twice in that round are not very good. As a matter of fact, in the article, Paul goes on to say the following:
There is no way a fourth-round pick will be better than Umenyiora for Tennessee. The Titans’ last 10 fourth rounders: Colin McCarthy, Jamie Harper, Alterraun Verner, Gerald McRath, Troy Kropog,William Hayes, Lavelle Hawkins, Stanford Keglar, Leroy Harris and Chris Davis. Which one wouldn’t you trade for Umenyiora?
Out of the above players, I personally wouldn’t trade McCarthy or Verner (not at this stage in his career), but it’s true that none of the other players have been nearly the difference maker that Osi has been for the Giants over the years. You would have to think that dealing a fourth round pick for Umenyiora would be of great benefit to the Titans.
The Giants, like other teams, found great success by having solid depth and rotation at the defensive line. With Morgan and Wimbley being relative unknowns heading into the season, having a proven playmaker with another three to four solid years left in him would be ideal. Also, as Gray implements a more complicated scheme this year, someone with Umenyiora’s experience could prove of great benefit to the younger guys on defense.