Of Rumph and first-round cornerbacks

This 'n that regarding Mike Rumph, the 49ers' top draft pick last weekend who is the ninth cornerback selected by the team in the first round.

 --- At 6-foot-2 and 205 pounds, Rumph, the No. 27 overall pick in the 2002 draft, is the biggest cornerback ever selected by the Niners in the first round and is the only player from the University of Miami that San Francisco has taken in the first round.

 --- Rumph is the third cornerback the Niners have taken in the first round in the past five years. The Niners selected Ahmed Plummer in the first round in 2000, and R.W. McQuarters was the team's first-round draft pick in 1998. McQuarters was the first first-round corner the Niners had taken in 17 years, following top pick Ronnie Lott in 1981.

 --- Rumph is the eighth player the Niners have selected from Miami and the first since 1988, when the team selected defensive end Daniel Stubbs in the second round and linebacker George Mira Jr. in the 12th round. Mira's father, a quarterback who also played at Miami, was the team's second-round selection in 1964.

 --- Rumph started 36 of the 44 games he played in four seasons at Miami, where he never allowed a touchdown reception in his three seasons as a starter. As a senior last year, the All-Big East Conference first-team selection did not allow a reception to his side in seven games, and opposing receivers finished the season with just five catches against him, according to Miami statistics. Rumph also did not allow a reception in Miami's win over Nebraska in the Rose Bowl for the national championship.

 --- Rumph also was named to the All-Big East first team as a junior and the second team as a sophomore, when he led the Hurricanes with four interceptions and was third on the team with 75 tackles. He finished his Miami career with 164 tackles, 117 of them solo, and six interceptions.

 --- Rumph is one of seven defensive backs the Niners have selected in the past three drafts. All seven still are with the team and will take part in a three-day minicamp that begins Friday morning at the Niners' Santa Clara headquarters.


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