Rumph is a very gifted athlete. But his major problem is that he’s ready,
there doesn’t look to be a section of his game that looks as if it could
drastically improve in the pros, what you see is what you get. But an upside
to this is that he is ready to start straight away.
by CBS Sportsline:
Instinctive athlete who has the speed to stay stride-for-stride with receivers
on deep routes…Well-built, with quick feet and fluid hip turn…Plants and
drives sharply on deep routes and has quick reactions on deflections…Has
a sharp break to the reception point and the short burst to cover ground
racing down the sidelines…Does a nice job of getting his head around and
playing the deep ball…Very effective playing the bump-and-run and has smooth
change-of-direction ability…Aggressive tackler with excellent balance going
up for the ball, showing the temperment and strength to step up and fill
the holes at the line…Shows good range dropping off in the zone…Has the
long arms, hip snap and foot balance to excel in press coverage…Attacks
the ball in the air.
Tends to hang on and drag down the opponent…Lunges at times before delivering
the hit…Will face up before making the hit, but does not extend his arms
properly to secure the ball carrier in run support…Does not always time
his jumps, which causes him to hesitate some when trying to locate the
ball…Willing run defender, but can be walled off by the larger receivers
as he does not extend his arms to prevent the opponent from getting into
his chest…Seems to need that extra step to recover coming out of his backpedal…Has
zone awareness, but keeps his eyes on the backfield too much.
Exceptional coverage cornerback who
quietly enjoyed a spectacular senior season…Was overlooked by many observers
because opponents rarely threw his way…On the rare occasions when opponents
challenged Mike, seldom were they successful…One of the most gifted big
cornerbacks in college football, he is highly regarded by the scouts for
his press coverage ability…Finished his career with 167 tackles (117 solos),
four stops behind the line of scrimmage, six interceptions and 27 pass
deflections…Has never allowed a touchdown catch in his time as a starter
(36 of 44 games he's played in).
4.47 in the 40-yard dash…38-inch
vertical jump…275-pound bench press…345-pound squat…265-pound power clean…32
1/8-inch arm length…9-inch hands…19 Wonderlic score.
Liberal Arts major…Son of J. Michael
Rumph…Born Michael Jamaine Rumph on Nov. 8, 1979…Resides in Delray Beach,
from Pro Football Weekly:
Former high school All-American who also ran track and played varsity basketball.
Has run track at Miami (Fla.), competing as a sprinter. Played extensively
as a true freshman in '98, starting three times and ending the year with
20 tackles, five passes broken up and an interception. Second-team All-Big
East cornerback in '99, when he had 75-4-4. First-team All-Conference in
2000, when he finished the year with 41-10-1. Started in '01 and had 28
tackles and eight passes broken up.
Positives: Tall, long-limbed
corner with excellent size and adequate speed. Uses hands and arms well
to control the receiver coming off the line and likes to play press coverage.
Shows flashes of big-time ability and, at times, will step up when challenged
by a top receiver either in his own team's practices or in games.
Negatives: A little
choppy in his backpedal and needs an extra step to turn and run with the
receiver. Not as quick and sudden as scouts would like and lacks great
make-up speed. Not as effective in man-off coverage as he is in zone and
will bite too quickly on moves. Seems to lose his focus at times.
Summary: Has the size
and talent but needs to focus on every play. Is not an elite cover man
but can be an effective corner in the right scheme.
starter that saw extensive playing time with the first unit as a true freshman.
Second team All-Conference choice last season after totaling 30/0/7. First
team All-League pick as a junior when the numbers were 41/1/11 after 75/4/4
as a sophomore, when again he was a second team All-Conference choice.
Big, strong physical corner best
in press coverage. Plays up tight at the line of scrimmage, strong at the
point of attack and gets a jam in on opponents, slowing their release off
the snap of the ball. Uses his body to box out receivers, physical throughout
the routes and gives opponents problems. Always willing to get involved
in the action; quick moving up the field defending the run and wraps up
tackling, easily bringing down ballcarriers on initial contact. Displays
adequate footwork and does not do a bad job reading the quarterback. Not
smooth or fluid in his hips, loses in transition turning to run with receivers
off the line and rather easily gives up positioning to the inside. Has
difficulty running laterally or following receivers out of their breaks.
Not instinctive, slow to react and gets in trouble if backed off the line
of scrimmage. A lot of athleticism and size and he'll be effective at the
next level if used in the proper system. Early to mid Second Round.
Did not work out at the combine.
Did everything at Miami's Pro Day. Performed 13 strength reps, had a 35½-inch
vertical jump and a 10-foot, 4-inch long jump. Ran two 40s — 4.52 and 4.55.
Played wide receiver, running back and defensive back (free safety) in
high school. Also played basketball and was on the track team (sprints).
Played as a freshman in 1998, starting three games. Has started every game
since then. Possesses the size and speed teams are looking for to play
cornerback in the NFL. Shows good awareness and reaction to the ball. Good
backpedal. A little choppy at times. May lack the quickness and catch-up
speed to be a top corner in the NFL. Solid tackler. Better in zone than
At 6-1, 200 pounds, Mike Rumph greatest
asset is his size. A physical player at cornerback, he often matched up
very well against tall receivers while at Miami.
The problem is he matched up too
well and opposing quarterbacks often avoided his side of the field.
As a result, he was not tested very
often, and his numbers from last year showed it, as he tallied just 28
tackles while defending eight passes with no interceptions.
Despite this, he is still a very
attractive prospect with solid fundamentals.
He does lack quickness and will have
trouble covering smaller wide-outs, but his skills and knowledge of the
game should allow him to find a starting spot at the next level.
Little speed burst
Lower body movement
Next to Quentin Jammer, Rumph is
probably the most fundamentally sound player at the corner back position.
He is a gifted athlete who understands the game and should have no problem
at the next level. Rumph seems to be a two-edged sword talent wise, he
would be the ideal pick for a team looking for immediate help on the corner.
Rumph can step into a starting role with little to no adjustment needed.
The bad part is what you see is what you get, there doesn't seem to be
enough "upside" to his game. Some of the younger corners like Lito Sheppard
and teammate Philip Buchanon might get drafted ahead of him because they
have so much potential and room to grow. Rumph of course will improve but
probably not to the lengths that Sheppard or Buchanon will. He needs to
work on his running motion, it seems to be stiff and not fluid at times
in the secondary. I think he will still be a first round pick and there
is very little gambling on the part of the team that will take him.
Rumph is the prototype big corner.
He developed the reputation as a shutdown corner, and was rarely tested
his junior year. This past season he was tested more and struggled somewhat.
He is sound in coverage; but seems to lose focus at times. Considering
the influx of tall receivers, Rumph should be a hot commodity on draft