2018 NFL Draft

Orson Charles, TE

School: Georgia  |  Conference: SEC
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Tampa, FL
Height/Weight: 6-3 / 251 lbs.
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04/30/2012 - A closer look at the Bengals picks: Round 4/116 - Orson Charles, TE, 6-3, 251, Georgia...Tight end was thought to be the least of the Bengals needs going into the draft but they added competition to the group with a physical blocker who also is good as a receiver. - The Sports Xchange

03/09/2012 - Georgia tight end Orson Charles was arrested by Athens-Clarke County Police early Friday morning for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol and driving at a minimum speed, according to multiple reports. According to the Athens-Clarke County Jail reporting log, Orson Reuben Charles, 21, was booked at 4:31 am. He was released on bond less than an hour later. Charles, ranked as NFLDraftScout.com's No. 3 tight end for the 2012 draft, left Georgia after a junior season in which he caught 45 passes for 574 yards and five touchdowns and earned All-SEC accolades from conference coaches and media, alike. It marked the third year in a row in which Charles had been acknowledged by the SEC, as he earned Second Team honors in 2010 (26-422-2) and received a spot on the conference's All-Freshman team in 2009 with 23 catches for 374 yards and two scores. Charles is a natural hands receiver with good overall athleticism. At only 6-2, 251 pounds, he lacks the bulk most teams prefer at the position. He is, however, a feisty blocker, and led all tight ends tested at the Combine this year with 35 repetitions of 225 pounds in the bench press drill. Scouts had hoped that he'd run faster at his Pro Day to perhaps pull away from the other two tight ends - Clemson's Dwayne Allen and Stanford's Coby Fleener - generating talk as the top tight end prospect in the draft. The arrest is an obvious blight on his record and one that NFL teams will want to investigate thoroughly. Charles had been considered a high character player prior to this arrest, according to a league source, who cited the fact that Charles was voted a team captain, was a recipient of one of the team's Offensive Coaches Leadership Awards and had earned a spot on the SEC Academic Honor Roll during the fall. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

03/09/2012 - Former Georgia tight end Orson Charles is out of jail following an arrest on a drunken driving charge. Athens-Clarke County police spokeswoman Hilda Sorrow says Charles was arrested at 3 a.m. Friday after he was stopped while driving in Athens. Sorrow says Charles failed parts of a field sobriety test and his blood alcohol level was .095, above the state's legal limit of .08. Athens-Clarke County jail records show he was released on $1,750 bond. Charles had 45 catches as a junior last season. He left Georgia to enter the NFL draft and has been projected to go high as the second round. It was not immediately clear whether Charles had an attorney. He did not have a phone listing. A passenger in the car with Charles was not identified. - AP Sports

03/09/2012 - It hasn't been a good week for former UGA tight end Orson Charles. Once considered likely to be the top tight end in the NFL draft after having decided to forgo his senior season with the Dogs, Charles now seems to be compiling a model for how to damage your own stock in the draft. First he skipped the 40-yard dash at the NFL scouting combine because, he said, he got started late training. Then, on an admittedly blustery day at Woodruff Practice Fields, he ran a pair of relatively slow 40s both into and with the wind before a host of pro scouts as part of UGA's Pro Day. Going from bad to worse, early Friday morning Charles was booked by Athens-Clarke County police on a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol. That's not going to help. Justin Houston found out last year that off-field issues can drop you in the draft as he fell to the third round after testing positive for marijuana use, and Charles may wind up falling a round or two himself after this latest incident. I know he's said his family needs the money, and most observers consider him ready for the pros, but it's beginning to look like the fates aren't favoring Charles' decision to leave college early. It's too bad, because he seems like a good kid and he was a clutch player at UGA. His career probably won't suffer in the long run, but that initial pay day might not be what he expected when he decided to make the jump to the pros now. - Bill King, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

03/06/2012 - For those looking for a flaw, Charles' blocking has been questioned, but pound for pound, there aren't many tougher than Charles in-line and he has the agility to be used in a movement-type role. What might be questioned is the sagacity of players opting to skip running the 40 in the controlled environment and noted fast track of Lucas Oil Stadium. Charles passed on the workout with his position group nine days ago in Indianapolis. Running on that literal level-playing field would take the guesswork and projections out of Charles' true straight-line speed in the minds of scouts. However, teams will conduct private workouts often with players and Charles will get that opportunity as a potential first-round pick and top-50 player. Charles' first such workout is scheduled with the Philadelphia Eagles, he said Monday. Every NFL team was represented at the workout except for Dallas and Chicago, according to Georgia's sports information staff. - NFLDraftScout.com

03/06/2012 - Georgia tight end Orson Charles ran two pedestrian 40 times at his Pro Day in Athens on Monday, but the 4.7-to-4.88 clockings in his shimmery gold track shoes won't be evaluated as "official times" because of wind gusts between 20-30 mph. Teams often adjust their individual 40 recordings based on the surface, environment (indoor/outdoor) and general weather conditions. Charles, NFLDraftScout.com's third-ranked tight end, plays fast with good quickness off the snap and top-end speed for the position. His height and shorter arms are considered his greatest detriment, but his ceiling might be greater than top-ranked tight end Dwayne Allen (4.89 40 at the Combine) and Coby Fleener of Stanford, who didn't run in Indianapolis because of a high ankle sprain. Charles' strength won't be a question either -- he pumped up 35 reps of 225 at the Scouting Combine. Cornerback Brandon Boykin did 16 bench-press reps on Monday but won't run until his personal pro day on April 9. Boykin has return skills and plays bigger than his 5-9, 182-pound frame. Scouts trust his speed won't be an issue, but he's coming off an injury at the Senior Bowl. - NFLDraftScout.com

02/23/2012 - NFL DRAFT SCOUT PRE-COMBINE TOP 64: 57. *Orson Charles, TE, Georgia, 6-3, 242, 2...Charles didn't exactly sneak up on anybody after coming out of Tampa's Plant High School following a senior season that included 75 catches for 1,440 yards and 21 touchdowns at tight end. He followed that by being named Freshman All-American at Georgia and went on to compile three-year career statistics that included 94 catches for 1,370 yards and 10 scores. He also blocked a punt against Vanderbilt last year and was s named first-team All-SEC and to the Sporting News first-team All-American squad. He shows more athleticism than aggression in his game, but does show a mean streak on occasion. He works hard in the film room and classroom, where he earned Honor roll honors three years. - Frank Cooney - The Sports Xchange, NFL Draft Scout

02/22/2012 - The combine generally is a time when prospects from the same position get to know each other a little better, but there is still an undercurrent of sorts of some competitiveness. Several of the players vying for the top spot at tight end, for instance, noted over the last few weeks that there will be perhaps a hint of one-upsmanship in Indianapolis. Orson Charles of Georgia, who is seen as more a pass-catching tight end than an in-line blocker, said he will place an emphasis on the weight drill, in an effort to demonstrate to scouts he is not just a receiver. Speaking of tight ends, many scouts now have Coby Fleener of Stanford in a dead-heat with Clemson's Dwayne Allen for the top spot at the position. - Len Pasquarelli, The Sports Xchange

01/11/2012 - 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. Charles is very agile for his size and will be a popular watch at the NFL Scouting Combine and Georgia's Pro Day. Charles said after the Outback Bowl that he was awaiting feedback from the NFL Draft Advisory Board. Quarterback Aaron Murray, who is a redshirt sophomore, also requested an evaluation from the board but isn't expected to leave. - NFLDraftScout.com

01/06/2012 - While there were a flurry of underclassmen declaring for the NFL draft on Thursday, no Georgia players have revealed decisions publicly yet. Junior tight end Orson Charles said Thursday he still did not know whether he will enter the draft and didn't expect to come to an answer in the next couple of days either. The deadline for underclassmen to declare is Jan. 15. Charles said the NFL's college advisory committee graded him with the potential to be drafted as high as the second round, but he said "the majority of people that I've been talking to" believe that he could go "as high as late in the first round or no later than the second." Charles was named first-team All-SEC and as an All-American by the American Football Coaches Association. He had 45 catches for 574 yards and five touchdowns this past season. Charles' decision could be impacted by the decision of other underclassmen at the position like Clemson's Dwayne Allen, who had not announced his plans yet. Classes begin Monday at Georgia, but the Tampa native may not be back by then. "I'm not sure," he said. - Marc Weiszer, Online Athens

01/02/2012 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: TE Orson Charles is one of the top pass-catchers in the country at his position. Charles has 44 catches for 572 yards receiving and five TDs. Charles also has improved his blocking skills this season, which has helped Georgia open holes in the running game. - The Sports Xchange

12/08/2011 - 2011 JOHN MACKEY AWARD FINALIST (BEST TIGHT END): Orson Charles, Georgia, Jr...Charles leads Georgia with a team-high 44 catches for 572 yards and five touchdowns and has started the last 23 games in a row. He is the school's all-time leader at tight end with 1,368 yards receiving, is tied with former Bulldog Leonard Pope with 10 career touchdowns and is third in UGA history with 93 receptions. - Georgia football

12/07/2011 - 2011 AFCA FBS COACHES' ALL-AMERICA TEAM: TE Orson Charles, Jr., Georgia, has been selected to the 2011 AFCA FBS Coaches' All-America Team announced by the American Football Coaches Association. Charles, a 6-3, 241-pound native of Tampa, Fla., leads Georgia with a team-high 44 catches for 572 yards and five touchdowns and has started the last 23 games in a row. He is the school's all-time leader at tight end with 1,368 yards receiving, is tied with former Bulldog Leonard Pope with 10 career touchdowns and is third in UGA history with 93 receptions. - Georgia football

12/07/2011 - 2011 ALL-SEC FOOTBALL FIRST TEAM (COACHES): TE - Orson Charles, Georgia, has been selected All-SEC Conference First Team for the 2011 college football season as voted upon by the SEC head coaches. Charles, a 6-3, 241-pound native of Tampa, Fla., leads Georgia with a team-high 44 catches for 572 yards and five touchdowns and has started the last 23 games in a row. He is the school's all-time leader at tight end with 1,368 yards receiving, is tied with former Bulldog Leonard Pope with 10 career touchdowns and is third in UGA history with 93 receptions. - Georgia football

12/07/2011 - 2011 ASSOCIATED PRESS ALL-SEC FOOTBALL FIRST TEAM: TE - Orson Charles, Georgia, Jr., has been selected All-SEC Conference First Team for the 2011 college football season as voted on by The Associated Press. Charles, a 6-3, 241-pound native of Tampa, Fla., leads Georgia with a team-high 44 catches for 572 yards and five touchdowns and has started the last 23 games in a row. He is the school's all-time leader at tight end with 1,368 yards receiving, is tied with former Bulldog Leonard Pope with 10 career touchdowns and is third in UGA history with 93 receptions. - Georgia football

09/30/2011 - Richt said he has been pleased with the production of TEs Orson Charles and Aron White. Charles and White both caught TD passes last week against Ole Miss. "We are using our tight ends pretty well compared to everybody else in the country," Richt said. "They are a big part of what we do. I don't know if we've ever had a set this year where we didn't have at least one tight end in the game. A lot of people go three receivers and two backs and not even have a tight end in the game. We hardly ever snap the ball without a tight end or two in the game." QUOTE TO NOTE: "We need to realize our dreams and hopes are still alive. Beating Ole Miss last week, we've just seen a lot more people smiling, and we're not used to seeing that right now. I want to keep that feeling." - Georgia TE Orson Charles, on his team heading into Mississippi State with some positive momentum. - The Sports Xchange

09/30/2011 - LOOKING GOOD: Georgia had excellent balance on offense, finishing with 269 yards passing and 206 yards rushing. The Gators converted 8 of 18 third-down attempts. Defensively, Georgia held Ole Miss to just 36 yards rushing on 26 carries while forcing two turnovers. The Bulldogs also finished with four sacks. KEEP AN EYE ON: TE Orson Charles had five catches for 59 yards and a pretty TD catch in the corner of the end zone. The preseason All-American TE also has improved as a blocker. - The Sports Xchange

09/30/2011 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: TE Orson Charles - After being held without a catch against South Carolina, Charles has become more involved in the Georgia passing game. For the season, Charles is second on the Bulldogs in receiving yards (210) and tied for first in TDs (10). - The Sports Xchange

09/21/2011 - TE Orson Charles had two catches for 42 yards and a TD. Charles caught a 33-yard TD pass from backup QB Huston Mason in the third quarter vs. Coastal Carolina. - The Sports Xchange

09/15/2011 - TE Orson Charles did not have a catch against South Carolina, but Georgia coach Mark Richt was pleased with his blocking. "He had his very best game as a blocker," Richt said. "Run blocking, pass protecting I don't think I've seen him play with that kind of intensity." - The Sports Xchange

09/05/2011 - SEC WEEK 1 OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE: TE ORSON CHARLES (Georgia) - Had six catches for career-high 109 yards and a touchdown against Boise State. - SEC football

09/03/2011 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: TE Orson Charles could emerge as Murray's top target in 2011. A preseason All-America first-team tight end, Charles has the combination of size (6-3, 241 pounds), speed and hands to become an impact player. He is coming off a season in which he caught 26 passes for 422 yards and two TDs. - The Sports Xchange

08/30/2011 - BREAKOUT STAR: TE Orson Charles has a great combination of size, speed and hands needed at the TE position. After finishing with 422 yards and 2 TDs last season. Charles could have an even more expanded role in the offseason due to offseason loss of leading Georgia receiver A.J. Green. - The Sports Xchange

08/28/2011 - Charles was named to the first team preseason All-SEC team and to the first team All-American team by Sporting News. He was also named to the John Mackey Award watch list, given to the nation's most outstanding tight end. But the junior from Tampa, Fla., does not pay attention to anything outside of himself and his team. "I don't really focus on the media, I barely look at my Twitter or my Facebook," Charles said. "I just stay focused, keep running, working hard after practice because I'm in that leader role. "One thing we've been doing a lot this year is just not worrying what other people think about us. That big team meeting room - what's in that meeting room - that's all we have, that's all we're going to depend on." Charles led Georgia's tight ends in receptions and yards with 26 catches for 422 yards in 2010. Redshirt sophomore quarterback Aaron Murray said what makes Charles such a force is his work ethic. "He's a kid that just goes to work every day, doesn't listen to any of the outside stuff," Murray said. "He just works and works. He's one of the hardest working kids on the team." Charles' expectations for himself also drive him to try to be perfect, Murray said. "On the practice field, he expects perfection out of himself," he said of Charles. "If he drops a ball or misses a block, he gets pretty upset with himself. But that's what makes him so great, the next play he's going to make up for it - he's going to make a spectacular catch or make a great block." - Chris Daniello, Red and Black

08/17/2011 - Georgia tight end Orson Charles has been linked to a former Miami booster who told Yahoo! Sports he provided impermissible benefits to dozens of Hurricane football players and other athletes. The report says Charles was among the players improperly brought to Nevin Shapiro while still in high school so the booster could try to persuade him to attend Miami. Charles wound up signing with the Bulldogs. Former Miami tight ends coach and special teams coordinator Joe Pannunzio set up the meeting between Charles and Shapiro, according to the report. Pannunzio is now director of football operations at Alabama. Yahoo! Sports reported Shapiro's allegations Tuesday. He is serving a 20-year prison sentence for masterminding a $930 million Ponzi scheme. - AP Sports

07/19/2011 - 2011 SEC PRESEASON ALL-SEC FIRST TEAM (COACHES): TE Orson Charles, Georgia, Jr., has been selected All-SEC Football Preseason First Team for the 2011 college football season as selected by the SEC head football coaches. - SEC football

07/08/2011 - 2011 JOHN MACKEY AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Orson Charles, Georgia, Jr, is one of 34 tight ends named to the Mackey Award preseason watch list for the 2001 college football season by the Nassau County (N.Y.) Sports Commission. The Mackey Award, named for NFL Hall of Famer John Mackey, is presented annually to college football's most outstanding tight end. Charles, a native of Tampa, Fla., is the second-leading returning receiver for the Bulldogs after starting 12 of 13 games in 2010. Charles hauled in 26 catches for 422 yards and a pair of touchdowns last year and has already been named the nation's fifth-best tight end by Lindy's earlier this preseason. The All-SEC Second Team performer was named the Mackey Award National Tight End of the Week in 2010 following his career-high six catches for a career-high 108 yards and a touchdown versus Florida. - Georgia football