Dana Hall (1992-1994), Mike Rumph (2002-2005)
In 1992, Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott was heading out and rookie safety Dana Hall was coming in. The 49ers spent the No. 18 overall pick of the 1992 draft of Hall in an attempt to replace their perennial Pro Bowler.
And that didn’t work out well at all.
Hall lasted just three seasons with the 49ers in a tenure marked my injuries and inconsistent play. Relegated to a backup role in 1994, Hall and the Niners parted ways the following season.
Similarly, defensive back Mike Rumph was supposed to be the type of intimidating cornerback who could contend with the then-high flying St. Louis Rams and their “greatest show on turf.”
Rumph was selected in Round 1 of the 2002 draft. But he struggled in coverage so much that the 49ers tried moving him to safety.
That didn’t work out so well either.
2004 and 2005 were disastrous years for Rumph as injuries limited to a combined five games over the two seasons. He went on to play with the Washington Redskins in 2006 and was out of the NFL a year later.
Backups: Taylor Mays (2010)
Former head coach Mike Singletary thought he would become a star player. Nope.