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83-Steelers-43
04-15-2006, 07:06 AM
Will USC supply Steelers with top pick?
Saturday, April 15, 2006

By Ed Bouchette, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


The Trojans are coming.

Halfback LenDale White and safety Darnell Bing, two components of Southern California's national champions two of the past three years, will visit the Steelers Monday and Tuesday as the team winds down its interviews on the South Side with draft prospects next week.

Both will be considered as possible first-round draft picks by the Steelers, who will have interviewed as many as 30 players over the past several weeks at their headquarters. The Steelers have the No. 32 choice, last in the first round, and 10 picks overall in the seven-round draft that will take place April 29-30.

White, scheduled to meet with the Steelers' staff Monday, will undergo the most extensive probing after he revealed this week that he has a torn hamstring. Once considered a possible top-10 choice in the draft, his stock plummeted after a poor showing at USC's workouts for pro scouts April 2. He did not run the 40 and did poorly in the bench press, but claimed he had a hamstring injury. An MRI conducted the past week reportedly confirmed the injury.

"This validates that the reason I didn't run wasn't because I didn't want to, wasn't because I was lazy, but because I was injured," White told the Denver Post.

The Steelers have tapped veteran Duce Staley as Jerome Bettis' replacement on short-yardage plays and as the backup to Willie Parker, but they also would like to groom a young big back for that role. Thus, White's injury might not bother the Steelers as much as it would other NFL teams who need a runner immediately. White (6 feet, 244 pounds) averaged 6.6 yards per carry last season for the Trojans on 1,302 yards rushing, his second season as a starter, while sharing carries with Reggie Bush. He scored 24 touchdowns, a Pac-10 record, last season as a junior.

Bing could fill another need, that of free safety, a job that opened when Chris Hope signed with Tennessee as a free agent. The Steelers signed free agent Ryan Clark (5-11, 205) from the Redskins to possibly replace Hope. The defensive coaches, though, would prefer a bigger safety and Bing (6-2, 227) certainly is that.

If the Steelers drafted Bing, who will be here Tuesday, it could set up an all-Trojans deep secondary, joining strong safety Troy Polamalu.

"I think it would be wonderful," Bing said of that possibility. "We both have the same experience. With both of us coming from SC and being in Pittsburgh, that would be a great deal. We could both go on the field at the same time. We'd give a show for the fans."

Bing, also leaving school with a year of eligibility left, signed with USC in 2002 and worked out with Polamalu and lived with him that summer. He attended junior college for a year, then succeeded Polamalu as the Trojans' starting strong safety in 2003. He switched to free safety last season, his third as a starter.

Because of his size and his notable big-hitting ability, many NFL teams consider him more as a strong safety, which plays closer to the line of scrimmage than a free safety.

"I would say so, but I still have the ability to play free safety," Bing said in an interview the past week from Los Angeles. "I'm capable of backpedaling, opening my hips and covering. I could play free and Troy could play strong and we'd both make things happen."

Replacing Polamalu at USC was not easy.

"There was lot of hype behind it," said Bing, who will visit the New England Patriots this week as well. "I just wanted to make sure I went out there and had my game down to a 'T' and keep the name up for it."

Bing is among a handful of safeties the Steelers invited for visits. Among the others were Donte Whitner of Ohio State and Daniel Bullocks of Nebraska. Bing could join a handful of Trojans teammates drafted in the first round, including offensive tackle Winston Justice, also a teammate at Cal Poly High School in Long Beach, Calif.

Although White would be a candidate to fill the Bettis role, Bing has more in common with the Bus in another area. He carries a 180 average in the Tuesday night bowling league at the Cal Bowl in Long Beach.

"I started when I was about 10," Bing said. "I just recently got back into it the last two or three years. Ever since then, I go every Tuesday."

His best game is a 264, but his best game is football.

BB2W
04-15-2006, 08:34 AM
Sweet!... good news. I think most of us like the idea of the Steelers taking one of these two guys. :cool:

clevestinks
04-15-2006, 08:46 AM
Do we really need BING, I mean a safety for the future is nice, but we have needs today!

83-Steelers-43
04-15-2006, 08:48 AM
I'm sort of confused on needing a safety at all after the signing of Clark. Anybody else find it pointless? OLB, HB, WR, d and o-line....sure.

clevestinks
04-15-2006, 08:50 AM
I'm sort of confused on needing a safety at all after the signing of Clark. Anybody else find it pointless? OLB, HB, WR, d and o-line....sure.
Thats kind of what I was saying, or typing the same time you were. A big time WR, or OLB, first, a O olinemen second and third round a big size RB

BlackNGold203
04-15-2006, 09:05 AM
I'm not seeing a safety with the 1st pick....Bing may be great..but we just invested in a safety...

WR....RB....or any lineman

BB2W
04-15-2006, 09:07 AM
They will draft a safety if they don't bring back Stuvaints or Logan... They only have three on the roster and although I liked the signing, I don't think it's a guarantee that Clark is the answer. I think if you can get Bing, Simpson, or Whitner at 32 it would be a good pick.

My areas of need rate like this...

1. Wide Receiver
2. Defensive End
3. Safety
4. Offensive Line
5. Linebackers

clevestinks
04-15-2006, 09:08 AM
They will draft a safety if they don't bring back Stuvaints or Logan... They only have three on the roster and although I liked the signing, I don't think it's a guarantee that Clark is the answer. I think if you can get Bing, Simpson, or Whitner at it would be a good pick.

My areas of need rate like this...

1. Wide Receiver
2. Defensive End
3. Safety
4. Offensive Line
5. Linebackers
No RB BB2W? I`m thinking somewhere we need a RB

83-Steelers-43
04-15-2006, 09:24 AM
While I agree we need depth at the safety position, is it worth a first round pick? I'm not sure if we want to be paying Clark and hypothetically, Bing, Simpson or Whitner first round cash to sit on the bench if Clark works out. Clark is only 26 years old. In my opinion, either draft a safety in the later rounds or pick up somebody off the FA list. I just feel there are other concerns before the safety position.

SteelerSal
04-15-2006, 09:26 AM
No RB BB2W? I`m thinking somewhere we need a RB


I feel that we will get a RB and WR on day 2. IMO, we should address DE, OL and a DB(that can play both FS and Corner, if need be, on day 1. With our comp. picks, we can add a LB in our draft, also.
We have a pretty good track record of picking RB's in later rds. We have a big back in NFLE (Jemison) that will compete in camp, for a roster spot and if he makes it, the $ will be right.

BB2W
04-15-2006, 09:55 AM
No RB BB2W? I`m thinking somewhere we need a RB
They say you shoud select a runningback at some point in every draft and I think the Steelers will. I would like to see a big named runningback like White, but I'm not sure it's neccessary and I don't think this is the year to do it. I want to see Parker get his chance to be the back of the future. I beleive that we have a great backfeild in Parker, Duce, and Haynes. I see Willie starting, Duce in a role similar to Jerome's, and Haynes in there on third downs and in mop up. I think anyone they draft will be there for depth.

I would feel differently if they didn't resign Haynes for two more years. Also, I'm not very big on this years class of runningbacks. I think the postition will be a more pressing need next year and we may find ourselves in position to take a more talented player.

BlitzburghRockCity
04-15-2006, 12:51 PM
Do we really need BING, I mean a safety for the future is nice, but we have needs today!


I think its just to keep their options open, I mean if he falls to us he would be an option and an insurance policy incase what we've got in FA and what we have left on the team now, isnt enough.

The Steelers have tapped veteran Duce Staley as Jerome Bettis' replacement on short-yardage plays and as the backup to Willie Parker, but they also would like to groom a young big back for that role. Thus, White's injury might not bother the Steelers as much as it would other NFL teams who need a runner immediately. White (6 feet, 244 pounds) averaged 6.6 yards per carry last season for the Trojans on 1,302 yards rushing, his second season as a starter, while sharing carries with Reggie Bush. He scored 24 touchdowns, a Pac-10 record, last season as a junior.

This is an intriuging option for us, especially since he wouldnt have to start right away and could take time to learn the offense and heal up. Only concern is that if this injury is something that could be around for a long time and actup over the years to come.

tony hipchest
04-15-2006, 01:02 PM
Only concern is that if this injury is something that could be around for a long time and actup over the years to come. old man jerome had a horrible groin pull in 2001 and in true jerome fashion was able to heal and continue to contribute. lendale could sit around in duces sweatsuit for a year while everyone calles it a wasted pick. once he was healed (w. mcgahee) im sure he would prove his value. lendales size and numbers cant be taken lightly. i think hes closest to a jerome clone i have seen and jerome shared carries with r. watters and that johnson (?) dude at notre dame. there are alot of similarities between the 2 that make him a very inriguing prospect. for that reason i dont think he makes it to #32. FOR THAT SAME REASON MAKES ME WONDER HOW HIGH THE STEELERS ACTUALLY Have him rated on their board. they may just go with the highest rated player available.

Midnightwriter1
04-15-2006, 01:21 PM
exactly, but i dont think anyone would call it a wasted pick because though e has the injury, he would still be fine by this summer. Since we dont have any starting immediate needs, in reality.. any pick is going to be a good one. So that is White would be perfect because we DONT HAVE to play him immediately so his injury isnt really a concern compared possibly to some other teams. Bing would also be a good choice. Just in case Troy wants a huge contract and we for whatever reason couldnt swing it or Clark doesnt work, we would have a guy that could play both Safety positions in Bing. I can also se going for any other postion besides QB in first round ahahahahahahahah. those first two picks though, i would rather have a guy that we know can play instead of a "reach" or "project". Our first two; possibly three picks this year and next will be guys that we will prolly need starting in the upcoming years and i dont want to see us messin around with projects or reaches. Is getting oohhhhhhhhh soooo close.

Suitanim
04-15-2006, 03:34 PM
I've been reading some stuff about Bing from some left coast prognosticators who saw him play week in and week out, they aren't as high on this kid as you'd think.

I'm already a paranoid enough as it is, and I hate it when I hear all kinds of negatives about players the Steelers are looking at.

OX1947
04-15-2006, 07:00 PM
Trade for another low 1st and see if we can get both USC guys. Get Lendale before Carolina at 27 and Bing at 32....

SteelersNation7
04-15-2006, 08:47 PM
You dont pass on a guy like White if he's there at 32.....The perfect situtaion would be to get White at 32 and do what ever it takes to move up and take Jason Allen in the second...if we did that we'd be in great shape...Who knows than maybe we could steal a player like Skyler Green in the 3rd round.

Haiku_Dirtt
04-16-2006, 03:07 AM
They say you shoud select a runningback at some point in every draft and I think the Steelers will. I would like to see a big named runningback like White, but I'm not sure it's neccessary and I don't think this is the year to do it. I want to see Parker get his chance to be the back of the future. I beleive that we have a great backfeild in Parker, Duce, and Haynes. I see Willie starting, Duce in a role similar to Jerome's, and Haynes in there on third downs and in mop up. I think anyone they draft will be there for depth.

I would feel differently if they didn't resign Haynes for two more years. Also, I'm not very big on this years class of runningbacks. I think the postition will be a more pressing need next year and we may find ourselves in position to take a more talented player.

Preface: I'm a White blow-hard.

The last thing I want to do is disagree with a team prez but the subject of Lendale White has morphed into something other than idle discussion.

I understand great backfields at the college level. Reggie Bush and LenDale White in the same backfield should be ILLEGAL. If it weren't for the fact that NO ONE (including me) gave Pete Carroll any chance of being anything more than Larry Smith or Paul Hackett, then we wouldn't be having this discussion.

Whether or not we get White, (prognostic) we don't have a great backfield. In the last one and one-half seasons, Duce has contributed a mind-wretching 275+ YARDS - that's not 1 1/2 games but 1 1/2 SEASONS.

I love Verron but do you really think the Steelers are thinking he is moving up to No. 2...ever? They didn't even dress him for two games last season which I thought was mistake. He can make plays in a Whiz's scheme but he is a No. 3 back period.

If Willie goes down then we are ****ed!

Haiku_Dirtt
04-16-2006, 03:24 AM
I've been reading some stuff about Bing from some left coast prognosticators who saw him play week in and week out, they aren't as high on this kid as you'd think.

I'm already a paranoid enough as it is, and I hate it when I hear all kinds of negatives about players the Steelers are looking at.


Fellow paranoid, it only sucks when you're wrong.

I watched Bing and quite frankly I don't have the zeal that I did with Polamalu. Truth be told I thought someone slipped me something when I heard the Steelers traded up to get Troy. I was a dancin' fool.

When have the Steelers traded up in the first round if ever??

But how could anyone nearly sack the QB ten yards behind the line of scrimmage and make a tackle 30 yards downfield? And that wasn't even his best play.

Take White.