Bada Bing!

The Oakland Raiders caught a bit of luck when they found USC safety Darnell Bing on the board with their fourth round pick. A California native, Bing received a late private visit from the Raiders.

After working him out for an hour and a half just last weekend, the Raiders came away impressed with the abilities of Darnell Bing.

A three-year starter at strong safety for the Trojans, Bing ended his career with eight interceptions, including a team-leading four as a senior. He also contributed 50 tackles in his final year with USC.

Staying close to his roots has been one of his dreams – and Oakland suits him just fine.

"One of my brothers goes to Cal State Dominguez," said Bing with pride. " My other brother is a real estate agent, and he lives in Sacramento, California." When asked to describe his background and family life growing up, Bing talked about how thankful he was for his mom and his family who always supported him and encouraged him to succeed in sports whether playing football or running track. Sports were an important part of his life from grade school through high school and on into college. It is a passion his brothers still share with him and would love to follow – what better way than if to stayed close?

A former running back and track star, Bing is leaving USC with one year of eligibility remaining. But Bing is not foreign to the pressures. He had to follow in the footsteps of Troy Polamalu and felt it was time to make the move.

"I set a lot of goals for myself in the beginning of the season I felt that I accomplished pretty much everything I wanted," Bing said about his decision to leave early. "Then the support from my friends and family and my coaching staff that also helped me with my main goal that was to make the jump to the NFL."

Having grown up idolizing Ronnie Lott, Bing emulates his style of play and performs the same way as the former Niner – giving all he has on the field.

And the Raiders fell in love with not only his work on the field, but also his ability to disseminate information off it, particularly in the film room.

"I would say my greatest attribute is reading my keys and being able to jump routes, because of the amount of film that I've watched and knowing what the quarterback's main keys are. And also being able to see what he sees on the field at the same time."

His smarts on the field was evident to everyone, including USC head coach Pete Carroll. Carroll called him a playmaker who has great hands.

"He's such a natural athlete," said Carroll. "He's able to come up with the right decision and how to make his plays when the time comes."

Bing comes in with a chance to supplant Derrick Gibson, a first round pick in 2001, with Michael Huff perhaps playing at cornerback, or provides depth at the position. Gibson has disappointed from the strong safety position, as injury and inconsistency have kept him from reaching his potential.


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