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.


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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MY Dawg

March 9th, 2012
8:14 pm

Orson has been a dgd, but the vision of big $ has tainted his swagger. If he had returned for another season he would have been a 1st round lock. It appears that he in destined for the 2nd or later now. Good luck OC you were a DGD …


March 9th, 2012
8:23 pm

I know this looks bad for Orson but let’s all pull for him. After rooting for him the last few years I was fortunate enough to meet him when he cam to our town this fall, not once but twice, to help raise money for a kid in our town needing a bone marrow transplant. He and his three teammates stayed way longer than they needed to and were great with all the fans and kids who came out. I found him a very down to earth guy and was glad to hang out with everyone.
When I was at UGA 20 years ago I was dumb enough to drink and drive but was lucky enough not to get caught. Young people make mistakes. Anyway .095 is a long way from trashed. Hell, that was legal when I was in school.


March 9th, 2012
8:46 pm

Did he have Hash Browns in his drawers?


March 9th, 2012
10:04 pm

Im 53 yrs old never had a DUI, have a security cleareance and would loose my job if I got one. Also would loose my job if I failed one of my random drup test no questions asked. I only make $53,000 a year.He will still make millions in the NFL and #1 only had to sit out one game after failing drug test. These guys are pampered.

Dog in Nam

March 9th, 2012
10:41 pm

give the kid a break…he’s a great human being…had a tough past couple of weeks…..should have taken a cab….but he is still a first class guy and a DGD……flafalcon……53k is good pay for a security guard…..why do you feel such personal anger toward a kid you don’t even know…..no one is pampering him….he will be fine…he’s just naturally disappointed now…he made a mistake, thank goodness no one was hurt by it…..he’ll continue to do fine as a human being, and will make a good NFL player….keep your head up Orson…thanks for the great contribution and for playing so hard…you’re a DGD for sure


March 9th, 2012
11:49 pm

He blew just a little higher than his time in the 40 yard dash.


March 9th, 2012
11:50 pm

DGD? Damn Good Drunk?

Joe Friday...Just the Facts

March 10th, 2012
12:19 am

$3,000.000.00 Fine.


March 10th, 2012
1:36 am

Too bad for Orson, hope it doesn’t hurt his draft status much………….I really don’t think it will. I am 100% against getting behind the wheel after drinking, of course that came after my DUI when I was about Orson’s age…………Now I’m around three times older than Orson, and pray he has learned a valuable lesson “DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE”…………….Mr. Orson Charles is too fine a young man for NFL teams to see this as much more than a stupid choice he’s not likely to make again……………RED

Yellow Cab

March 10th, 2012
2:12 am

Limo? $5 anywhere in the city. Unreal.


March 10th, 2012
2:13 am

Remember people, one drink equals don’t drive. Have a plan, and if you deviate from that plan grab a cab. If you can’t afford a cab than you shouldn’t be going out.

Here we go again

March 10th, 2012
3:04 am

And the beat goes on for the thugs og Clarke County!


March 10th, 2012
6:14 am

DUI is DUI, but keep in mind that he was just over the legal limit, so he probably felt he was okay to drive. 0.10 used to be the limit until dropped to 0.08, dumb move.


March 10th, 2012
6:16 am

By orson that is.


March 10th, 2012
7:33 am

This is a shame. The NFL draft is the equivalent of his job interview – - forming the basis of his life’s earning potential. College is supposed to help you make better decisions. Maybe he can learn from this and accept when he is selected theat he could have gone higher with more money potential if HE had shown a little more discipline and self control. This is HIS fault. Not UGA. Not anyone else.


March 10th, 2012
8:33 am

It’s a DUI people!! A DUI!! Anyone can get a DUI. How in the hell is this going to affect Orson’s ability to catch a football and block a defender in the NFL? Let’s get real.

Jim Grabasski

March 10th, 2012
8:35 am

Who cares? He’s an EX player now, a grown man, and if he throws his chances down the toilet, that’s on him. As far as the Fulmer Cup comments from the Techies go, well, just keep on celebrating that EX champion status from 2009.

Dawg Tired

March 10th, 2012
8:42 am

This is not surprising to me. He showed somewhat of an attitude with some of his on-field antics (like getting an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for showboating after making a catch). Why can’t these kids just play the game?

Dawg Tired

March 10th, 2012
8:44 am

Vince – A DUI can get you fired from a lot of positions (jobs). In this day and age driving under the influence is a very big deal.


March 10th, 2012
9:07 am

Welcome back to UGA Mr. Charles!

Pago Pago DAWG

March 10th, 2012
9:54 am

Saban opens Spring practice….”Let’s forget about NC a few months ago, this is a new team/year..let’s get another NC”.
CMR opens Spring practice…”Let’s try and win another SEC East and maybe win a bowl game”. Sad…..


March 10th, 2012
10:03 am

He’s apparently certifiably dumb.
One bad decision after another at a time in his life when every decision has a direct impact on future earnings.

Big Crimson 75

March 10th, 2012
10:18 am

It’s the guys fault. Be a man. Take responsibility for your actions.
Dre Kirkpatrick — pot bust in Fla — his fault.

Coaches should not be held responsible for the actions of their Players — especially the dumb ones — especially the ones who are really no longer on the Team — Orson & Dre.


March 10th, 2012
10:40 am


March 10th, 2012
8:33 am
It’s a DUI people!! A DUI!! Anyone can get a DUI. How in the hell is this going to affect Orson’s ability to catch a football and block a defender in the NFL? Let’s get real.
Vince is right. Some team will want OC for his ability as a TE. What a team would be concerned about is if this is some sort of recurring problem that will cause embarrassment for the franchise. OC has probably learned his lesson so this may not affect his draft status if a team really needs a good TE.


March 10th, 2012
12:03 pm

FRED Sanford never used the word “Ya”…..he pronounced it ” YOU BIG DUMMIE”.

Now go get me some ripple and onion stew, you fish-eyed fool!

Vince Dooley

March 10th, 2012
12:23 pm

Were there any red panties in the car? I lost mine.

We only have to answer to God. So stop judging. Orson just n

March 10th, 2012
1:18 pm

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Jeffro Bodeen

March 12th, 2012
9:45 am

He was DUI only after improving his 40 time….he unofficially drank one in 4.33 seconds….without being funnel aided!! I hope he wasn’t on his way to bail Branden Smith out of jail in Abbeyville Alabama!!