Georgia tight end Orson Charles plans to enter the 2012 NFL Draft according to an ESPN report.
Charles, an All-SEC tight end as a junior, led Georgia in receiving with 572 yards on 44 catches with five touchdowns.
He's NFLDraftScout.com's third-ranked tight end, behind Dwayne Allen of Clemson and Stanford's Coby Fleener. All three have first-round potential, though at this point NFLDraftScout.com's Rob Rang and Dane Brugler only feature one tight end in their respective mock drafts.
Charles, listed by Georgia at 6-3 and 242 pounds, lacks the bulk most teams prefer at the position. He is very agile for his size, however, and is a much more physical blocker than his size would indicate. In fact, scouts give Charles a higher grade as a blocker than they do the 6-6, 245 pound Fleener.
Charles said after the Outback Bowl that he was awaiting feedback from the NFL Draft Advisory Board. Rang listed Charles on his Top 32 Big Board for much of the 2011 season, though Charles has slipped down Rang's rankings slightly over the past month. At this point, Rang grades Charles as a solid second round value.
Quarterback Aaron Murray, who is a redshirt sophomore, also requested an evaluation from the board but isn't expected to leave.