Our next preview is rookie tight-end Orson Charles. Orson was also nice enough to do an exclusive interview with us before he departed for training camp. Make sure you give it a read.
The Bengals selected TE Orson Charles from the University of Georgia in the fourth-round of the 2012 NFL Draft. In three years at Georgia, Orson Charles established himself as a dynamic pass catcher at the tight end position. A First Team All-America selection as a freshman, Charles increased his productivity each of his three years with the Bulldogs. He was also named to the athletic director’s Honor roll at least once in each of his three years in Athens. Charles’ career culminated with a Junior campaign where he started all 14 games for the Bulldogs, notching 45 catches for 574 yards and 5 TD’s as a first team all-SEC selection. He was also named a finalist for the 2011 John Mackey Award and was named All-SEC First Team in 2011. Charles finished his college career having started 29 games for the Bulldogs, and caught 94 passes for 1,370 yards, a UGA career yardage record for tight ends. He also snagged and 10 TDs, which tied the school record for the position. He declared for the NFL Draft after his junior season.
Once thought of as a top 2-3 talent tight end in this year’s draft class, Orson Charles slipped to the Bengals in the 4th round, due in large part to a recent DUI arrest in March, and an undersized frame at 6’2″. The Bengals believed in Charles and saw value in Charles as a fourth-round pick with tremendous upside.
Year G/GS Rec. Yards Per/Rec.Per/Gm. TD
2009 13/3 23 374 16.3 28.8 3
2010 13/12 26 422 16.2 32.5 2
2011 14/14 45 574 12.8 41.0 5
Total 40/29 94 1,370 14.6 34.3 10
A four-star recruit out of Plant H.S. (FL), Charles was the #1 ranked TE prospect out of Florida in 2008. He led his team to a AAAA title with 6 catches for 132 yds and 2 TD’s as a senior. He signed with the Georgia Bulldogs in 2008.