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UP CLOSE Mike Rumph



Published: Sun, April 21, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.



Position: Cornerback.

College: Miami (Fla.)

Overall pick: No. 27.

Height/Weight: 6-2, 205.

Bio: Unheralded three-year starter finished career with 6 INTs, 27 pass deflections and 167 tackles. Did not allow a TD catch in 36 starts. Gave up only five receptions last season, shutting out opposing receivers in 7 games. Overshadowed by Reed and Buchanon, two charismatic players in dominant Hurricanes secondary. ... Big, tall cornerback, perfect to challenge all the physical wideouts in today's NFL. Outstanding in press coverage. Long arms and legs. Runs well. Aggressive tackler. Did not have an INT last season, which only means that teams rarely threw at him because he always had his man covered. Keeps improving. Comes off awesome senior season. ... Lacks blazing speed. Not as good in zone or man-off coverage as he is in press coverage. Needs to refine backpedal. Bites too quickly on certain moves. Might need the right scheme to really excel.




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