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Whenever I saw him play he (and the rest of USCs defense) missed alot of tackles. The one game that really stuck out to me was the Rose Bowl against UT. USCs defense, including Bing, were missing tackles all game long. I never understood the hype really.
IMO the reason he was so high on everyones mock drafts was his big hits and the fact that he played for USC.
Never had a chance, to be honest. Almost always a step slow in coverage at USC. It's not like the NFL was going to slow down for him.
He was drafted as a depth LB. When Kiffin came on board, Bing ran crying to his fellow USC guy begging to be moved back to safety. Kiffin granted his wish, and Bing was released shortly thereafter.
On a team with as little talent as Oakland, Bing's failure to warrant a roster spot was quite telling.
I never understood what people saw in the guy. Never understood why we'd waste a 4th round pick on a guy with no NFL future, other than an outside chance of being a decent special teamer.
I just knew this pick was going to be Elvis Dumervil. I was all set to put away my disdain for that idiot Al Davis and praise him for stealing a beast. But...no. He drafts a slow dummy with no true position. Unreal.
Other notable 4th rounders that year:
Ko Simpson - Safety, a perennial position of need. Jahri Evans - Guard, a position of need. Leon Washington - HB. We weren't exactly stacked at RB, and could have used another return man. Brandon Marshall - WR. Denver made out like bandits in this round. Domata Peko - DT, a perennial position of need. Barry Cofield - See above. Missed out on two really good DTs. That chaps my ass. Ray Edwards - DE, a perennial position of need. He's not much of a pass rusher, but he's strong against the run and a good value for where he was drafted. Willie Colon - OT, a perennial position of need.