Draft history shows a top-10 corner will pay dividends

Could it be Patrick Peterson? Could it be Prince Amukamara?

NFL draft history suggests that, whomever it is, it could be a good thing if the 49ers select a cornerback with the No. 7 overall pick.

Cornerbacks picked in the top 10 haven’t been bust-proof over the past 20 years (Tom Knight?), but it’s a fairly solid group.

Here’s a look:

2010
No. 7: Joe Haden, Browns

2005
No. 6: Adam Jones, Titans
No. 9: Carlos Rogers, Redskins

2004
No. 8: DeAngelo Hall, Falcons
No. 10: Dunta Robinson, Texans

2003
No. 5: Terence Newman, Cowboys

2002
No. 5: Quentin Jammer, Chargers

1999
No. 7: Champ Bailey, Redskins
No. 10: Chris McAlister, Ravens

1998
No. 4: Charles Woodson, Raiders
No. 10: Duane Starks, Ravens

1997
No. 3: Shawn Springs, Seahawks
No. 5: Bryant Westbrook, Lions
No. 9: Tom Knight, Cardinals

1994
No. 9: Antonio Langham, Browns

1992
No. 5: Terrell Buckley, Packers
No. 7: Troy Vincent, Dolphins

1991
No. 3: Bruce Pickens, Falcons
No. 5: Todd Lyght, Rams