Four More Trojans Selected On Second Day Of NFL Draft

April 30, 2006

Four more Trojans were selected on Sunday (April 30) on the second day of the NFL draft, bringing USC's total to a national-best 11 draftees in 2006. No other school had double figures.

The 11 selections are the most from USC since the 1983 draft, when another 11 Trojans were chosen in a then-expanded draft that lasted 12 rounds.

On Sunday, safety Darnell Bing went to the Oakland Raiders in the fourth round (101st pick). Fullback David Kirtman was chosen by his hometown Seattle Seahawks in the fifth round (163rd pick). Defensive tackle LaJuan Ramsey was a sixth round selection of the Philadelphia Eagles (204th pick). Offensive guard Fred Matua went in the seventh and final round to the Detroit Lions (217th pick).

On Saturday, seven Trojans were drafted: tailback Reggie Bush (New Orleans Saints) and quarterback Matt Leinart (Arizona Cardinals) in the first round, offensive tackle Winston Justice (Eagles), offensive guard Taitusi Lutui (Cardinals) and tailback LenDale White (Tennessee Titans) in the second round, and defensive end Frostee Rucker (Cincinnati Bengals) and tight end Dominique Byrd (St. Louis Rams) in the third round.

In its history, USC now has produced 430 NFL draft picks. The most players USC ever had drafted in a year was 15 in 1953.

Troy has had more first round NFL draft picks (67) than any school. Seven of those first rounders have come during the coaching era of Pete Carroll, now entering his sixth year at USC. In all, 30 of his players have been drafted in the past five years.