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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bucket

March 9th, 2012
12:41 pm

I wish I could cheer for a university where the athletes never get into trouble. Oh wait, there isn’t one.

Dawg Haus

March 9th, 2012
12:46 pm

Bill, how do you see the tight end situation shaping up for 2012? I figure Artie Lynch will get the starting nod due to his blocking ability and experience, but how much of Jay Rome do you think we will see this season?

UGA - where talent goes to die

March 9th, 2012
12:50 pm

who else can take 15 4-star recruits, top 10 ranked recruiting classes and fail to beat any top 25 teams and spit out underachievers?

Highsaiah where are you?

bucket

March 9th, 2012
12:53 pm

Gotta love the ajc blogs! Where else can you go and see one person change their posting handle 5011 times and try to cover up their own underachievement by making fun of UGA?

Bama=home of the T-bag special

March 9th, 2012
12:56 pm

Not trying to spin this as anyway OK but with the number of kids that declare for the NFL And then get into trouble from the end of the football season until the draft , just shows you how much pressure these kids are under waiting for the draft. It just happens too much to be coincidence…problem is that when you put dumb people under pressure..they just get dumber.

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b-ham dawg

March 9th, 2012
1:11 pm

Can someone please explain how making a mistake and getting a DUI makes you a thug?

b-ham dawg

March 9th, 2012
1:13 pm

@UGA- where the talent goes to die… How do you explain our nfl output? Pretty sure we are one of the top teams with players in the NFL right now. We had the 2nd most players in the sec invited to the combine behind Alabama. Explain yourself da can’t wait for this one.

Jim

March 9th, 2012
1:17 pm

What’s done is done. We, or Olson, can change it so get over it and move on. If it cost’s him it’s just a hard lesson learned. Truth be known we all have a few in our background. Best of luck to you Mr. Charles I look for you to make folks proud you were a Georgia Bulldog at the next level.

AltamahaDawg

March 9th, 2012
1:25 pm

Now you gone and done it b-ham dawg. Be prepared for all the insufferable lectures about how messing up is not making a “mistake” now.

evil empire

March 9th, 2012
1:30 pm

@Top Row Dawg…Fulmer Cup is an SEC=only award…and uga is a perrenial powerhouse in FC competition…won it more than once, and always a wise pre-season choice…just like the 30+ preseason national championships uga has given itself…own your record clowns…

Norris

March 9th, 2012
1:32 pm

.095. Remember it used to be .10. Give it a rest people. Yes it wasn’t smart but talk about making a mountain out of a mole hill!

tell me again

March 9th, 2012
1:32 pm

Key phrase – EX UGA TE…………….he’s off the team, on his own and what he does is his business – this is no reflection on the team or the university any longer. CMR WAS his coach and is not his daddy – why even print this story? If you want to make a point make this one: ANYBODY that drinks and drives is an idiot. That pretty much tells it all.

harold

March 9th, 2012
1:41 pm

THIS IS JUST STUPID. DO NOT EVER DRINK AND DRIVE.

Gwinnett Fred

March 9th, 2012
1:45 pm

1- Anybody that even tries to shed any bad light on the Athens PS should be ashamed. You really want to live in a community where drunk drivers are given a free pass? Do you think the officer knew who was in the car – of that he should even care!
2- Wouldn’t you think that a UGA AD that just ruined his life not too long ago with a DUI would have had some sort of lasting lesson?
3- All this said, the kid made a mistake, and while most folks would suffer a hit in the wallet in the thousands, this one will cost him hundreds of thousands if not millions. No need to jump on him, he will pay the piper and hopefully this will be his last brush with the law and some folks might learn a lesson from it and not be behind the wheel at 3am (or anytime for that matter) while intoxicated.

FRED Russo

March 9th, 2012
1:56 pm

So sad what can you say except DUMB

Dawg Haus

March 9th, 2012
2:04 pm

@evil empire, a friendly fact check for you on past Fulmer Cup winners:

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

Georgia has not won it more than once and it is not an SEC-only award, unless conference expansion plans call for the annexation of Marshall, Illinois and USF.

women beaters from athens

March 9th, 2012
2:07 pm

Another day, another arrest. Things are back to normal.

Athens at Night

March 9th, 2012
2:12 pm

No one really cares if OC is a stupid drunk who’s risking his life on these drunken binges. What should concern people are all the innocent folks whose lives are at risk when Richt’s thugs go barreling around Athens boozing it up and getting stoned on drugs.

Thank you, Saint Mark, for recruiting these lowlifes.

Gwinnett Fred

March 9th, 2012
2:15 pm

Athens at Night:

Didn’t you read the story? He wasn’t barreling around town, he wasn’t moving at all – kind of like his Pro Day performance!

Dawg Haus

March 9th, 2012
2:18 pm

That was pretty good, Gwinnett Fred!

GTBob

March 9th, 2012
2:33 pm

I don’t see this as a big deal. You would think by now that scouts just assume that if the player is from UGA then they probably have a drinking problem.

Paddy

March 9th, 2012
2:35 pm

His 40 times have hurt him more than his DUI arrest..

Chillax

March 9th, 2012
2:59 pm

Orson was projected at highest very late in the first round and most likely in the second. With a DUI he still goes by the third round. If he goes later then he will lose some money but he will do well and get another contract. It was stupid timing, but I would say almost half of the people I knew in college had either been arrested for DUI, marijuana possession, underage possession of alcohol, public urination, or public drunkeness. And stop with the “what if” game he did not cause an accident or kill someone so stop saying he is such as a bad person because it did not occur. He made a mistake and I am sure he is still a decent human being.

Alphare

March 9th, 2012
3:07 pm

Nathan Deal was considered the most corrupt congressman, but he would become governor of Georgia at the height of his fame.

Newt Gingrich conspired with 2 women to dump the previous women, now he is the US presidential candidate for Republican.

This is Georgia! Only sky is the limit when you got such fame.

Orson, I’d run for office if I were you. (hint: just don’t try it in other state where people can be smart)

Alphare

March 9th, 2012
3:12 pm

Chillax,

“almost half of the people I knew in college had either been arrested for DUI, marijuana possession, underage possession of alcohol, public urination, or public drunkeness”.

Where did you hunt out to find them? You lucky dude. Somehow I never met one.

GTBob

March 9th, 2012
3:15 pm

but I would say almost half of the people I knew in college had either been arrested for DUI, marijuana possession, underage possession of alcohol, public urination, or public drunkeness

You must have played football at UGA.

Gwinnett Fred

March 9th, 2012
3:16 pm

Chillax:

Almost half of everybody you knew in college got arrested? Seriously dude, you either need to stop exaggerating or find a better class of people to hang around with.

Ace

March 9th, 2012
3:19 pm

Bill,

Orson was a “clutch player”?

He didn’t score a td in many big games. Tired out in the 4th quarter.

Hope he enjoyed the beers, will cost him about a $250,000 per beer.

Seems slow, drops a lot of passes, doesn’t play well in 4th quarters, and doesn’t play big in big games.

Alphare

March 9th, 2012
3:24 pm

4th quarter? UGA only plays the 1st half. They won SEC Champ if you didn’t notice.

HOUDAWG

March 9th, 2012
3:36 pm

Hey SSIgator ……. here’s a name for ya ….. Janarous Jenkins ( could give a flip if it’s spelled right ).

OC made a mistake …… JJ is a THUG ! Stick it …….

Burma Shave

March 9th, 2012
3:40 pm

Charles is just one
Of the many drunks
Recruited by Richt
In his collection of punks

BURMA SHAVE

Fed Up!!

March 9th, 2012
3:50 pm

He had 1 to many to drink. Thankfully, no one was hurt. He will learn from his mistake, and move on. It’s not like he attempted to defraud a bank out of 2 million dollars (Brooking), or killed someone in cold blood (Javoris).

UGA student

March 9th, 2012
3:52 pm

I am not condoning drinking and driving but most of you are some of the most judgmental people I have ever heard. He made a mistake plan and simple. So get over it. To all of you people saying that all UGA students have drinking problems are probably upset because you could get in to the school. “Avoid the rush hate Tech early”

Bama=home of the T-bag special

March 9th, 2012
3:56 pm

DUI’s never happen at Bug U….you have to be waaayy waaay waaay too drunk to even think of going out after dark. And if you were so drunk that you would attempt to go out you’d be so drunk you’d never find your car .

Bama=home of the T-bag special

March 9th, 2012
4:00 pm

@UGA student well said ! The Bugs drink but never go out..well at least the ones that survive the hell on Earth that is living on North Ave.

puppydawg

March 9th, 2012
4:07 pm

@ HOUDAWG & SSlgator – And let’s not forget that fine example of humanity Brandon Spikes who tried to blind Washaun Ealey. If that ain’t thuggery, then grits ain’t groceries.

Ed

March 9th, 2012
4:10 pm

The problem with a dropping draft position is that often the initial payday is a player’s best chance to get rich. A lot of these guys, even those who last awhile in the NFL, never become much more than journeyman players who never sign the huge contracts. It’s too bad that Charles appears to have flaked out a bit, the timing couldn’t be worse.

7576DAWG

March 9th, 2012
4:10 pm

I could drink as early as 18 because I was in the Vietnam era and did my fair share until I got married and decided it was too expensive of a habit to not drink tea instead so I quit drinking. I raised my kids not to drink before they were legal age which worked for the most part and one of the first things they wanted to do when they turned 21 was to order a beer or drink. I raised them with the mind set that nothing was wrong with drinking as long as you did it in moderation and it wasn’t a burden financially.
So let’s help those idiots that want to drink out there as much as we can . A full size man lets say 5′10″ 175 can drink between 2 and 3 beers right after each other and still be barely under .08. If you are smaller , lets say a women or small man it will be less that will get you to .08. If you are lets say are 6′4″ and weight 270 you may be able to drink 3 beers or a little more . Before you drive you must wait at least an hour for every drink you had without continuing to drink. You can’t just slow down. If you are drinking liquor two drink would probably get you over .08. Of course these are only estimates because everybody’s system is different processing alcohol but the main thing that needs to get understood is , it doesn’t take much to get someone over the limit. I know I have seen some at our football games that will drink 12 or more beers right after each other . If he took a breathalyzer test he would be way over and would probably have to stop drinking and wait at least 10 or 12 hours to drive home before he would be under the limit.
Years ago you could get a DUI and it wasn’t too bad but get one now and you will go to DUI school that you will pay for and the total cost will be around $1000 if not more because your insurance will more than double.
I don’t have any problem with people driving after they have consumed alcohol but they need to educate themselves as to what they need to do not to be a danger to other motorist. The best policy is to have a designated driver and if you are by yourself call a friend to come pick you up.

Mountain Dawg

March 9th, 2012
4:13 pm

He’s made (crapped) his bed. Now let him sleep in it. WGAS?

Ed

March 9th, 2012
4:13 pm

“So, this is news?”

Well SSI, it happened earlier today (sometime after midnight), so I’d say…yes, it qualifies as news. At least until the end of today.

shane#1

March 9th, 2012
5:14 pm

I blame Bobo.

Woofy One

March 9th, 2012
5:24 pm

Orson grab hold of reality and do not throw away any more of what you have worked for.

Joey

March 9th, 2012
5:25 pm

Yep. Just like Justin Houston last season, somebody will get a steal in the late 2nd or early 3rd round.

Joey

March 9th, 2012
5:37 pm

Ace (3:19), being that our QB played miserably in the second half of about every big game that Charles played in at UGA, it could be that he is not entirely to blame. The QB is the one that has to get the TE the ball.

I mean, it’s not like he gets a handoff . . .

phil

March 9th, 2012
5:46 pm

KeepDreaming

March 9th, 2012
10:40 am

Orson should have stayed in school…
******
School? lol!! Just another know it all dawg thinking he’s ready to make a jump he’s clearly not ready to make.

The train wreck is just getting underway…

Fire CMR!!

Msd

March 9th, 2012
5:50 pm

Typical dawg athlete, not smart enough to stay out of trouble, even with a big contract out there on the horizon. Pitiful. Drop to round five for being stupid.

Silo Barnweel

March 9th, 2012
5:59 pm

We run this state! From the Clarke County Jail.

chipper

March 9th, 2012
6:48 pm

Too bad Buckeye left. I’d like for him to heed my advice. He should have enough embarrassment to last a lifetime with the mess OSU created. Good grief. You have a lot of nerve, guy. Clean up your own trash before you start throwing it out on Athens’ highways.

chipper

March 9th, 2012
6:54 pm

Silo: Big, tall, empty cylinder.