College: Southern Cal
Birthday: September 10, 1984
Bing! isn’t exactly the sound offensive players heard when they were struck by Southern Cal’s strong safety over the last three seasons. It probably sounded a lot more like a highway pileup, that is if they ever remained conscious enough to hear anything at all when Darnell Bing crashed into them.
Bing is all about the pileup. For the last three seasons, he has been a menace in the Trojan defensive backfield, exploding into any ball carriers that entered his domain. Sure, Bing tends to go for the hit moreso than the fundamental tackle, but he is a strong safety afterall. Big hits are their calling card.
Bing has the ideal physical makeup of a strong safety in the NFL, with good speed and natural overall athletic skills. His football instincts are solid, too. He’ll fight for a ball like it’s the last Eggo in the toaster. His hands are an asset in nabbing balls in flight, but they are also useful in special teams, too. Bing fielded five kickoffs last season for a 28.6-yard average per return. Just something to keep in mind if opposing teams try to kick away from All-Pro Jerome Mathis on gameday.
Bing’s dings, from hip flexors to separated shoulders, have slowed his development. The missed practices have made him an inconsistent player. When he does play, he goes full speed all the time. Coaches love it, but sometimes that can take a toll on the body. Bing may have declared his eligibility for the draft early because he fears another injury. While his dings have been relatively minor ones, a clean medical report will go a long way into how high Bing will be drafted.
Bing has been Southern Cal’s heir apparent to Troy Polamalu, so combined with his physical traits, the sky has always been the limit for Bing. The downside is that those lofty expectations made it a tough standard to always be measured against. Bing has better size than Polamalu (who checks in at 5’10” and 210 pounds). While the two have similar strengths and weaknesses in their games, Bing probably is a step slower. Given how well Polamalu has played for the Super Bowl champs though, Bing ought to welcome those comparisons.
(profile written by Keith Weiland)
Darnell Bing’s 2005 Stats G TCK PBU INT FF FR 12 50 6 4 1 0 Darnell Bing Home