Orson Charles demonstrates how not to improve your NFL draft stock

Orson Charles can catch the ball, but his NFL draft stock may be falling. (Associated Press)

Orson Charles can catch the ball, but his NFL draft stock may be falling. (Associated Press)

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.

BONUS BASKETBALL

Meanwhile, Thursday night was a good one on the tube for anyone with an Athens bent. First there was the B-52’s in a fun concert at the Classic Center in their hometown on GPB, then over on Peachtree TV Mark Fox’s basketball Dogs managed to buck the odds and extend their season by at least a game with an upset of those other Bulldogs from Mississippi State.

Shooting better than usual, the Red and Black Dogs managed to turn it around in the first half after trailing by 7 and then built a nice lead in the second half before having to fend off an MSU rally. UGA hung on for an unexpected win and now faces Vandy in another late-evening game in the SEC tournament.

Another run like in the tornado tournament of 2008 is probably too much to ask, but just having his team still playing basketball at this point is an accomplishment for Fox.

Go Dogs!

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128 comments Add your comment

mike addington

March 9th, 2012
10:26 am

Yes that is too bad Bill, but my opinion of OC has changed some after seeing some of the tweets he’s retweeted, which were not in good taste, and that would be the opinion of many because of the use of the N word and others. I thought he was better than that and still do. Hope he looks at himself long and hard and realizes he needs to portray his true values, which I hope are higher than the preceding. Good luck Orson and thanks for the memories

Top Row Dawg

March 9th, 2012
10:27 am

Athens PD enemy #1 to UGA students.

jablonski

March 9th, 2012
10:27 am

I thought OC was a smart, driven guy. These type of stupid arrests just make me wonder what the hell they were thinking. Too bad, OC..this one is going to cost you.

Mearth

March 9th, 2012
10:32 am

You are asking me to believe that about 20 years ago someone’s parents actually named the kid ‘Orson’???? You sports guys gotta be making these names up…….

RedDog

March 9th, 2012
10:32 am

Orson was down after that bad pro day and was drinking away his troubles.

East Repeat

March 9th, 2012
10:33 am

No doubt Athens PD is tough. College towns represent easy ‘pickens for law enforcement. I think the TE from Clemson is the #1 TE in this years draft.

SSIgator

March 9th, 2012
10:33 am

“UGA: The Junkyard Blawg Orson Charles demonstrates how not to improve your NFL draft stock”

So, this is news?

East Repeat

March 9th, 2012
10:34 am

Put Athens PD on Rat Patrol @ creswell!

Preston

March 9th, 2012
10:37 am

As Fred Sanford would say…”Ya big dummie!”

Preston

March 9th, 2012
10:39 am

Someone needs to help Orsen remove his cranium from his rectum before he blows everything he’s worked for!

KJ

March 9th, 2012
10:40 am

“So, this is news?”

You’re right; it would be much bigger news if one of your Gainesville thugs actually got punished for a crime, unless you consider sitting out a quarter “punishment”.

KeepDreaming

March 9th, 2012
10:40 am

Orson should have stayed in school…

Bust

March 9th, 2012
10:47 am

What do you expect from a uga player? They are just doing what they do in athens. Your fulmer cup win wasn’t a fluke

Alex

March 9th, 2012
10:50 am

must be nice to get arrested for dui and get released an hour later. i got one 9 years ago and had to spend 16 hours in jail because those gov’t employees are in no rush to do their job. had someone there to bail me out 90 minutes after the arrest.

ct3211

March 9th, 2012
10:52 am

I thought this kid had it together, but he turns out to be a real dumb ass. Did not run at the combine for some unknown reason and now he get a DUI at 3am. If he is lucky, might go in the 4th round.
He just cost himself thousands of dollars.

TTOUGH44

March 9th, 2012
10:59 am

can he come back and re-nig on his turning pro…sounds like he needs to wait another year to get his hiearchy in order! Too bad, for OC, ya know, sometimes turning pro aint the way to go for a junior though!

Top Row Dawg

March 9th, 2012
11:00 am

georgia has only won the Fulmer Cup once……..

2006: Marshall University
2007: University of Illinois
2008: University of Alabama
2009: University of South Florida
2010: University of Georgia
2011: Auburn University

TCU has it wrapped up this year.

By my count only Commings should count against us. Marshall, Seay, Sanders not actually arrested. Charles no longer on team.

TTOUGH44

March 9th, 2012
11:01 am

OC YOU are the DRIVER of YOUR BUS!

DawginJail

March 9th, 2012
11:03 am

He just cost himself millions of dollars. He’s big, strong and dumb. Didn’t he learn anything in college? What a joke.

Desert Fox

March 9th, 2012
11:03 am

Yes, OC screwed up, however, he will get drafted and sign for relatively big bucks and if he can keep a level head have a good career in the NFL. He was and is still a good dawg.

Pdx

March 9th, 2012
11:04 am

Way to crap the bed orson.

murfdawg

March 9th, 2012
11:04 am

Once again, NOTHING GOOD HAPPENS AFTER MIDNIGHT!!!!

Chris

March 9th, 2012
11:07 am

Damn Damn Damn!!!!!

sheepdawg

March 9th, 2012
11:07 am

another thug representing…. go get us some more of these stellar citizens CMR, they sure so make us proud

LawDawg

March 9th, 2012
11:09 am

What an idiot. You are about to make millions of dollars, pay some summer school student a few hundred bucks to be your on-call driver for the night. I am always baffled how rich people get arrested for DUI.

Just like Hines Ward: Hire a damn limo for the night, you can afford it.

Buckeye

March 9th, 2012
11:17 am

Ol’ Orson, one fine dog.

michael g.

March 9th, 2012
11:18 am

I’m actually glad he turned pro. Watching last year, he usually had 1 holding penalty per game, and a couple of missed blocks. And with the DUI, if he was on the team this year, he would be suspended for the 1st two games of the season.

Buckeye

March 9th, 2012
11:19 am

DUI’s are so common with high profile (dumb) athletes. We read about the near every week or so. They apologize and we all move on. The timing of Ol’ Orson’s transgression to the fact he is one dumb dog.

Buckeye

March 9th, 2012
11:20 am

And I love how all you dogs are quick to turn on your dogs.

argh

March 9th, 2012
11:26 am

I remember one time when I was a dumb 20 year old. I drove home when I had NO BUSINESS behind a wheel. It wasn’t far, I thought I could make it. I got a few blocks down the road and thought to myself “what the hell am I doing, I can’t even stay between the lines” I almost stopped my car and walked home and I was only a block away from the house so I finished the drunken drive. I kinda wonder if that thought was going through Orson’s head just a bit too late.

DawginLex

March 9th, 2012
11:27 am

buckeye

He got caught DUI and could have gotten killed or killed someone else or both. It is not turning on anyone to point out the truth.

He messed up.

There are jails and there are jails

March 9th, 2012
11:30 am

Question: When high school athletes visit UGA, do they show them the local jail and introduce them to bail bondsmen? If McGarity would give some money to the jail to build a new plush Richt Wing, it could give UGA a definite recruiting advantage if recruits know how well they’ll be taken care of when they’re arrested for DUI, illegal drugs, beating up women, etc.

First he runs a 4.7 40 time....

March 9th, 2012
11:31 am

…for the scouts after shunning the fast track in Indy, then he does this – talk about ruining your chance at even being a first round pick, much less the first TE selected – as Buckeye correctly stated, the guy must be one dumb dawg…

RJ

March 9th, 2012
11:34 am

One of the reasons I only occasionally look at the blogs is because too many bloggers are filled with hate and can’t wait to spew that hate with ignorance as their guide. I didn’t realize there are so many judges who have never made any mistakes. OC will have to live with the consequences of that mistake which I predict he will, too bad some of our quick to judge can’t say the same. It is a sad world when people get their kicks by trashing any and everybody who doesn’t go to their school of preference. I like lively discussions as much as anyone when it is objective but it seems those days are gone.

Living La Vida Loca con O. Charles

March 9th, 2012
11:38 am

I assume that this automatically makes Charles the winner of the UGA Thug of the Week award, with oak leaf cluster for being drunk. Of course, the way Charles played, it looked like he was drunk most of the time anyway.

outkasted

March 9th, 2012
11:38 am

michael g. ur right he was good for a holding and false start penalty and his blocking was subpar… thought Lynch should’ve gotten more time in the run game… i still believe Murray focused on Charles too much against Boise St… but that’s old news looking forward to the up coming season!!!

LawDawg

March 9th, 2012
11:39 am

sheepdawg: you clearly do not know what the word thug means.

student

March 9th, 2012
11:40 am

We don’t know what his BAC was, he might have just been barely over the limit and not known it. Regardless, I agree that he should have gotten a taxi or something. His agent should be reminding him of that kind of thing, especially with Justin Houston’s issues last year.

Orson is a really nice guy though, best of luck to him!

student

March 9th, 2012
11:41 am

not like he beat someone or stole anything

LawDawg

March 9th, 2012
11:42 am

Thug definition:

1. A cutthroat or ruffian
2. also Thug One of a band of professional assassins formerly active in northern India who worshiped Kali and offered their victims to her.

Which one fits this situation?

DawginLex

March 9th, 2012
11:46 am

there are jails

Since you posted the most stupid blog post of the day, maybe you belong in prison?

85 players on the team

2 players messed up, one of which is not even on the team anymore yet they “all should be shown the jail”???

just shutup moron and go crawl back inside your double wide you toothless, single digit IQ, GED candidate redneck.

McDawg

March 9th, 2012
11:52 am

.095 thats tough

don’t drink & drive-we took cabs or walked all the time in Athens

Dawg Haus

March 9th, 2012
11:59 am

Although Orson’s draft stock took a nose dive this week, I’m sure he’ll still be a quality TE at the next level. Good luck, Orson!

blazer

March 9th, 2012
11:59 am

Drinking his blues away!

GoooDawgs

March 9th, 2012
12:02 pm

Student – His BAC was .09. So yes, just over the limit, but he apparently tried to flee when the cop approached him so he’s lucky he wasn’t charged with more than just DUI. The only good that can come out of this is that maybe his stock will drop so far that he’ll fall to the Falcons now.

maharajiean shorts

March 9th, 2012
12:05 pm

Meh, half the NFL has a DUI…Much different than Houston cause pot is illegal. NO worries about this issue dude.

Your 40 time is what will kill your draft status.

McDawg

March 9th, 2012
12:06 pm

lets talk about the criminal enterprise that is the Auburn Athletic Dept. instead

CH3

March 9th, 2012
12:09 pm

didn`t check around for hashbrowns did they?

Chris

March 9th, 2012
12:09 pm

I’m just glad he’s no longer a DAWG. That would’ve been just what we need to add to our Fulmer Cup legacy.

No sympathy for him whatsoever. Stupid is as stupid does.

59bulldawg

March 9th, 2012
12:20 pm

Thought he had more brains than that!