MAYOCK: UGA’s Orson Charles is a second-rounder

Georgia tight end Orson Charles has an Aaron Murray pass slip though his hands. Brant Sanderlin@ajc.com

Georgia tight end Orson Charles has an Aaron Murray pass slip though his hands. Brant Sanderlin@ajc.com

Georgia tight end Orson Charles should be the first tight end selected in the NFL draft, according to NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock.

“I don’t have any tight ends in the first round,” Mayock said. “I think they are going to come off the board in the second round and it will be kind of interesting. I think Orson Charles will be gone by 50. . . I think he’s a second round pick that goes somewhere between 33 and 45.”

Charles started 29 games for Georgia. He caught 94 passes for 1,370 yards, which set a UGA career yardage record for tight ends, and 10 touchdowns, which tied the school record for the position.

After catching 45 passes for 574 yards and five touchdowns in the 2011 season, he was voted first-team All-SEC by both the coaches and the media. He was chosen first-team All-America by the American Football Coaches Association.

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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Joe

February 16th, 2012
5:32 am

Good luck Orson. You have been a damn good Dawg!

Marcus

February 16th, 2012
5:57 am

DOL,
are you suspecting an early-round TE selection by the Falcons or is this more of a local news story?

D lead butter

February 16th, 2012
6:05 am

THANKS FOR FINDING A GREAT PIC OF ORSON!! Really? While he’s dropping a pass, way to help his cause, you big dummy.

robertussen

February 16th, 2012
6:09 am

well neither mel kiper nor todd mcshay think he’s the best te and i seem to trust them more http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xTcu9a9k9zw im a uga fan and like charles but the kid cant block and atl has to have a te who can block and catch so i dont think he’s our guy. if we get any uga players go after boykin or glenn.

Dan

February 16th, 2012
7:49 am

I would take him in the 2nd round. Cant think of a more explosive TE in this years draft

DYNAMICBIGBOY

February 16th, 2012
8:09 am

You are talking about a 2nd round draft choice and you pick out a picture of him missing a pass, This definitely shows your prejudice toward the DAWGS. When a UGA player gets in trouble it is front page news but let a bumblebee get thrown off the team and you bury it. What a bunch of jerks.

SimpleDawg

February 16th, 2012
8:25 am

OC could go early second round or fall down to the fourth round.

He’s a “tweener…..not big enough to be a strong blocker, not unusually tall, not lighting fast, but on the right team and in the right scheme, he could be a difficult player to cover due to match ups.

He might flourish in an offense with really good outside receivers, allowing him to run the seam routes against LBs and Safeties.

Good Luck, OC.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

February 16th, 2012
8:43 am

DYNAMICBIGBOY – I’m certainly not bias about the Dawgs. You’re on a fishing expedition! I just call them the Iowa of the SEC from time to time and that’s high praise.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

February 16th, 2012
8:48 am

Marcus — Possibly. But Charles will be gone. You can’t zero in on the pick until free agency is done. I suspect they will address the lines in free agency and that would make TE a plausible move in the second. You can’t expect a second round OL or DL to come in an help right away. Have to look at veterans in FA. Big-timers and cagey veteran types (cheaper). They could help on the line before a draftee.

bucket

February 16th, 2012
9:02 am

I personally believe that Orson will be a good pro, but time will tell. I also believe that the ajc could find a better picture of Orson since he is the career yardage leader for UGA as a tight end and is tied for the career lead in td’s. This is the same photo that has been used in every story about him since January. Last time I checked the ajc base is the state of Georgia.

ATL Fan

February 16th, 2012
9:19 am

There are a couple of other TE’s in the draft that are more of the prototypical size that will hurt his draft ranking.

1eyedJack

February 16th, 2012
9:30 am

If Dan Reaves were still coach we’d be using that 2nd rounder on a TE. Maybe not the right tight end but a tight end none-the-less.

PMC

February 16th, 2012
10:01 am

Mayock is saying this is a deep draft for interior linemen, that’s good news for us I think though again, guessing what this team is going to do in the draft is a futile excercise.

PMC

February 16th, 2012
10:03 am

Heard the name Coby Fleener come up more often associated with the Falcons because Orson will probably be the 2nd TE taken. He’s a stretch the field TE and he’s likely got better hands than the kid from Clemson even if Orson is not quite as big.

dawgfan

February 16th, 2012
10:25 am

That’s the second time I’ve seen the AJC use that picture and caption on a blog about OC’s draft prospects. He has good hands and rarely dropped passes in the rare event that Bobo would get him the ball. There’s got to be pictures of OC knocking down some hapless Tech defenders like bowling pins that the AJC could use. The AJC wouldn’t dare do anything to get those Techie panties in a wad though.

Another memo to the AJC: That Office Depot pop up ad is beyond annoying. Thanks.

Kyle

February 16th, 2012
10:30 am

Orlando – when was Iowa’s last outright Big Ten Championship? 1985, oh, right. Thanks for reminding me why I no longer pay for this publication. Hope those CPMs will last ya…

PMC

February 16th, 2012
10:37 am

There aren’t many outright Big 10 champions of late because of how the conference was structured.

It’s an apt comparison, because Iowa is generally among the better Big 10 teams and they have quite a bit of NFL talent but they are rarely the best team in the conference.

RedandBlackDAWG

February 16th, 2012
10:44 am

Good luck to the young man. I hope he does great in the NFL and he has been a DGD.

ken herock

February 16th, 2012
10:53 am

Not a Clemson fan but Dwayne Allen is the best TE in the draft.

zbulldawg

February 16th, 2012
11:25 am

Go Charles ! But there’s many good TE’s out there How about covering them all ? What’s your point here ? Wasted words !! Is this about UGA’s TEs or FALCONS need a TE or top TEs in 2012 draft ? Nobody gives a Rat’s Butt what he thinks ! Where’s the Facts ?

zbulldawg

February 16th, 2012
11:28 am

Ledbetter you got to do BETTER than that !! WHAT’s the point ?

Bull

February 16th, 2012
11:37 am

Seriously what’s up with this picture. That’s the ONLY one you can find? Sorta classless if you ask me

Bull

February 16th, 2012
11:43 am

Ledbetter you really think its high praise to compare UGA to IOWA? That may be the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard a sports writer say. You sir..are obviously not from here

dean

February 16th, 2012
11:46 am

“Iowa of the SEC…”. That’s funny.

railman311

February 16th, 2012
11:52 am

I’m a huge Charles fan but I think Fleener is a more polished tight end. Just see Charles as a pass catcher not much of a blocker but i hope he has a great career

JSS

February 16th, 2012
12:08 pm

Well since Georgia fans want to disparage “Iowa,” since they think it is insult of some form with Hayden Fry and Kirk Ferentz have been consistently turning out NFL talent. 5 Big Ten Championships (some co) in that time, but they’ve never played round robin in that league since Penn State joined. So I’m no Ledbetter defender, but hey, Auburn and Georgia are pretty much in that same boat… Still, college football stinks…

slydog

February 16th, 2012
12:20 pm

I believe DOL is kind of right in his comparison of Iowa and UGA. I know, I know. It seems as if he is comparing the two states and their respective flagship institutions, but he is not. It’s just about football. While Iowa does not have the same caliber athletes as UGA, their coach and their team are always in high regard and a dark horse candidate to win the national title. Sound familiar? Kirk Ferentz’s name always appears in a job opening every year, whether it be a major college job or a pro gig. But they just can’t seem to win all of their marquee games every year. One year they might beat Michigan and Wisconsin but lose to OSU and Michigan St. The next year it’s the reverse or some combination of the two. Every now and then, they will lose only one game, win the conference or tie, may win the Rose Bowl, but never ending in National Titles. Sound familiar? It’s not a bad comparison, just not the best one. Oklahoma is a little more accurate, however, they did win it all recently (2000?-2001?)

falconfiend

February 16th, 2012
12:22 pm

Falcons may not take a tight end because they signed Tony Gonzalez for a 1 year contract. There are other positions the falcons can address but really not many. there are older guys that need to be replaced but that can be done in free agency and the draft every year. i hate to give away players to other teams but some of the older players want that last big paycheck before they retire. The falcons had a down year but still made the playoffs. The falcons will bouce back next year and rely on the ota’s draft and a full year to get chemes and players battle tested.

Bronc62

February 16th, 2012
12:31 pm

Orson should have played his senior year…then big money 1st rounder…

dirtyo11

February 16th, 2012
12:37 pm

I would love to see Charles wearing a Falcons jersey. I agree with Bronc62 he should of stayed his senior year but hey he got his reasons for leaving. He would be that perfect fit to come in and learn from a future Hall of Famer. With Jones & White…WOW!! Charles would really help out for years to come.

falconfiend

February 16th, 2012
12:39 pm

When the falcons front office look at the draft, i have to remind them that they won the 2008 draft with the first 5 picks. on saying that Curtis Lofton has to be a priority resign over anyone else then you look to your own roster for other guys to step up. Matthews we picked from south carolina looks like he can play. other guys who need to play more and always protect you franchise QB. Matt Baker needs to get real healthy because he really knows the offense and battles with the lineman he has been with. Matt Baker needs to be kept. I like Mike Johnson too. he needs to get healthy. Falcons should be looking for offensive linemen in free agency for depth.

Kyle

February 16th, 2012
12:41 pm

PMC – the way the Big Ten was structured? You mean structured to get teams into the NC game without playing in a conference championship? No divisions until 2011? Not winning an outright championship in over 20 years against that competition is a joke. 1985, end of story. No comparison.

JSS

February 16th, 2012
12:53 pm

I don’t see UGA fans undermining their “co”-SEC championships in 1966, 1976, or 1981… They especially never bring up that 76 co-championship, maybe because they had to share it with football Super school Kentucky!

FalconsFan

February 16th, 2012
12:59 pm

Ledbetter you are a complete hack. Is that the best picture you could come up with it? You might as well just come out and admit you are a UGA hater. Only a moron would put up that picture in this type of article.

nash

February 16th, 2012
1:10 pm

Man D Ledbetter I enjoy reading your stories until you get started on the Iowa of the SEC crap

Burdell

February 16th, 2012
1:11 pm

dawgfan– Have you ever posted a comment that did not include something about Tech?

dawgfan

February 16th, 2012
1:16 pm

Sometimes, but it is hard. It’s like shooting fish in a barrell. I can’t resist.

Bullpup1978

February 16th, 2012
1:18 pm

Orson was a solid TE in that offense, not as good as some previous TEs, but solid. Wish these guys come come up with a picture of him actually catching the ball.

George Stein

February 16th, 2012
1:29 pm

As long as he can be placed in an offense that doesn’t require much blocking, he’ll be very good. But he needs to spend most of his time running routes, like Dallas Clark or Vernon Davis.

BG

February 16th, 2012
1:51 pm

He is a second rounder all day long. Good luck Orson!

Rusty

February 16th, 2012
2:17 pm

George Stein-”As long as he can be placed in an offense that doesn’t require much blocking, he’ll be very good. But he needs to spend most of his time running routes, like Dallas Clark or Vernon Davis.”

What kind of dumb a** comment is that. Watch him play a time or two, idiot.

Proud-Dawg

February 16th, 2012
2:19 pm

Iowa of the SEC? Can you please explain? I have a ton of respect for Iowa, but UGA has had more success. Don’t let statistics and titles dilute your opinion.

George Stein

February 16th, 2012
3:25 pm

I did, Rusty. He’s not a strong blocker.

Perhaps you can address a comment with substance next time.

Rusty

February 16th, 2012
3:58 pm

He is an all around tight end; he can block, catch, whatever. You made a stupid comment and I expressed that. That substantive enough?

George Stein

February 16th, 2012
4:17 pm

He’s a good player, Rusty, but he isn’t a good blocker.

LawDawg

February 16th, 2012
4:53 pm

There is nothing more appropriate for a picture of Orson, than of him dropping a pass (unless you can find one of him getting a false start or holding call in a crucial moment).

Paddy

February 16th, 2012
4:53 pm

Iowa of the SEC, thats a good line. Now if UGA just had their strength and conditioning program we might be able to play better in the 4th qt and not have as many injuries. Voted the strongest college football program 4 out of the last 5 years College teams coaches flock to Iowa in the summer to study their methods. Don’t believe we have done that, but I could be wrong.

boykin

February 16th, 2012
6:18 pm

Won’t need to block with those hands and speed! Another in the long line of DAWGS TE’s going to the NFL.

D'ville Phil

February 16th, 2012
6:28 pm

yeah, great job on the picture, D-Led……….could you not find a pic of the Tight End actually catching the ball?

BiggDawgK

February 16th, 2012
6:28 pm

ledbetter can only manage to get hots on his blog by stirring up some controversy. Usually that means taking cheap shots at Georgia. Maybe he can go on the 2 live stews show and pick a fight with a falcons baby mama again.

God forbid the guy actually just write an entertaining article for once in his (lol) “career”.