Darnell Bing   SS   USC

Strengths

Darnell has excellent size and good overall speed for his position.  He has played on a championship team and has been part of a dominating defense at the college level for the last few years.  He shows good hands to intercept the ball and solid effort in supporting the run.  He is a big time player coming from a big time program. 

 

Needs to Improve

Darnell might be too big and not quick enough to be a SS and too small and not smart enough to be an LB at the next level.  He is weak in his tackling skills and has a shoulder problem that I feel will continue to be a problem because of the way poor way he tackles.  

 

Talent Board Round   2

At this point in Darnellís career, he is not ready for the big time.  If I had some faith in his work ethic and he showed me improvement from year to year on the field at the college level, I might feel more comfortable in suggesting that he's ready for the next level.  I also have some misgivings on his ability to digest a NFL defensive play book.  I also have some problems with Darnellís ability to analyze plays as they are happening on the field.  I guess what I am trying to say in a nice way is that he is not the sharpest tool in the shed.  There I said it -- thatís what I see on the film.  He is slow to react to what he sees.  Iím sure when he goes to work out that he will run fast, jump high and show everyone what a great athlete he is.  After he puts on this show, ask yourself one thing.  If he is so athletic, how come he doesnít show it on the field?  How come he doesnít remind everyone of Troy Polamalu?  Is it because he doesnít show the heart, brains or work ethic?  Or is it because he was in a defense that did not ask him to do what his athletic talent says he should be able to do.  You know the same defense that Troy was in when he was in college!  You know the same defense that made Troy the 16th pick of the 2003 draft.  Darnell is a lot bigger than Troy and maybe just as fast.  All I can say is you be the judge.  I already have my answer.
by Drew Boylhart

THR

February 2006