Georgia football players show their stuff for NFL scouts at Pro Day

Orson Charles completes a drill under the watchful eyes of dozens of NFL scouts Monday during UGA Pro Day in Athens. (UGA photo by John Kelley)

Orson Charles completes a drill under the watchful eyes of dozens of NFL scouts Monday during UGA Pro Day in Athens. (UGA photo by John Kelley)

ATHENS — Just back from a windswept day at UGA’s Pro Day. Winds were gusting up to 30 miles per hour across Woodruff Practice Fields as a dozen Bulldogs (including one one-time Dog) were put through the paces by NFL personnel.

According to UGA, 46 scouts and coaches showed up. Among them was Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith.

Most of them wanted to get a look at tight end Orson Charles. Or, more specifically, they wanted to see how Charles did running the 40-yard dash. Charles didn’t run the 40 at the NFL combine in Indianapolis the week before last because he said he simply “wasn’t ready.”

Apparently, Charles still wasn’t ready on Monday because he his “official” time was 4.75. AJC colleague Darryl Ledbetter was there and clocked Charles once with an unofficial 4.67 seconds. In any case, Charles was unhappy with the time — he said he routinely has run in the 4.5s — but was undeterred by it.

“That’s definitely something I wish I could take back and run again,” Charles told reporters. “I’m hoping that some guy calls me and says let’s run the 40 again because I’ll definitely show them.

Interestingly, fellow UGA tight end Aron White, who is getting much less pre-draft attention , ran a 4.73. But White couldn’t touch Charles’ 35 bench reps of 225 pounds. White had 22.

Georgia’s Bruce Figgins, who played fullback his final season in Athens, also worked out at tight end. All three looked very sharp in pass-catching drills.

Another prospect getting a lot of attention was cornerback Brandon Boykin. Boykin is recovering from a cracked fibula suffer in the Senior Bowl and was unable to work out for the NFL combine. He said he’s currently “85 percent” healthy and only benched on Monday. He said he should be healthy next month was planning a private workout for scouts in April.

Other players that worked out Monday included Justin Anderson, Brandon Bogotay, Drew Butler, Cordy Glenn, Ben Jones, DeAngelo Tyson, Blair Walsh and former UGA player John Knox.

D-Led and I both conducted a bunch of interviews afterward and we’ll be parceling those out over the next day or so. In the meantime, following is some data provided by UGA of some of the players that were tested Monday. All bench presses are with 225 pounds:

OL Justin Anderson

  • Weighed in at 330 lbs
  • 32 reps on bench press

DB Brandon Boykin

  • Weighed in at 181 lbs
  • 16 reps on bench press

TE Orson Charles

  • Vertical: 30.5
  • Long jump: 9.5
  • 40-yard time: 4.75
  • Shuttle time: 4.75
  • 3-cone drill time: 4.29

TE Bruce Figgins

  • Weighed in at 272 lbs
  • 23 reps on bench press
  • 40-yard time: 5.2
  • Shuttle time: 4.3
  • 3-cone drill time: 7.3

DL DeAngelo Tyson

  • weighed in at 308 lbs
  • 30 reps on bench press
  • 40-yard time: 4.8
  • 3-cone drill time: 4.6

TE Aron White

  • weighed in at 238 lbs
  • 22 reps on bench press
  • 40-yard time: 4.73
  • 3-cone drill time: 7.13

56 comments Add your comment

BiggDawgK

March 5th, 2012
4:29 pm

Good luck to all the Dawgs.

John Galt

March 5th, 2012
4:37 pm

Where’s Knox been?

DC Dawg

March 5th, 2012
4:44 pm

That 40 time is going to cost Orson $$$. I do wish him all the best though. All the Dawgs.

Asheville Dawg

March 5th, 2012
4:46 pm

Good luck and thanks for the memories.

Bigdsel

March 5th, 2012
5:01 pm

Deangelo Tyson is quick for 300 lbs. Good luck dawgs

Paddy

March 5th, 2012
5:02 pm

John Galt…..think Knox has been working his day job for a couple years or more.

Lowcountry Bulldawg

March 5th, 2012
5:15 pm

Tyson ran the 40 almost as fast as OC. That is booking for a bigman.

Goldenrod

March 5th, 2012
5:22 pm

Knick Knack paddywack, give that Dawg a bone!

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A-Ville Ranger

March 5th, 2012
5:45 pm

I don’t get why Deangelo Tyson is being ignoed by mock drafts and the combine. He will play in the NFL even if he has to go the FA route, which seems unlikely.

Bob

March 5th, 2012
6:25 pm

While I appreciate Charles’ time at UGA, and thanks for being a Dawg, he was only an above average player. What happens to these five stars when Richt gets them, or are they actually three stars hyped by Rivals/Scout.

Half Century Dawg

March 5th, 2012
6:32 pm

A person SMART enough to know……

March 5th, 2012
5:20 pm

They should have been suspended for not knocking Fairly out of the game. That SOB had it coming for his late hits on Murry.

Norris

March 5th, 2012
6:58 pm

UH, two, he got two. Watch some lions games and see what commentators say about him now. They say he can’t get away with those late hits he did at Auburn in the NFL is what they say. Why don’t you troll on some other page NOT Smart enough to know?

RomeBulldog

March 5th, 2012
7:00 pm

A person SMART enough to know…… why are you such a troll?

Tech is fading

March 5th, 2012
7:38 pm

@ A person SMART enough to know…

When Tech beats UGA again, Tech will be relevant and people will actually care about what you have to say. Until that happens, and it will be a while before that happens, you’re opinions, like your program, won’t be relevant

just the truth

March 5th, 2012
8:04 pm

Tech beats Georgia every Friday …………… and that’s where it counts!

old timer

March 5th, 2012
8:11 pm

Chip, I’m losing my respect for you .Why do you let trash like a person smart enough to know,spew crap on your blogs?You don’t like that kind of stuff do you?

John H

March 5th, 2012
9:08 pm

For someone who is self-proclaiming their own intelligence, you can’t even spell the word breed? I would make fun of tech but that would imply you actually graduated from there, and if you had I’d expect a little more class. You’re pitiful.

Stank Wren

March 5th, 2012
9:12 pm

Chip doesn’t care. The more hits on the blog, the more money for the AJC. Even if that means idiots like “A person Dumb enough to know” trolls and posts garbage all day long.

Thanks to all the Dawgs and good luck in the future

FL Jacket

March 5th, 2012
9:14 pm

I don’t understand? Why didn’t the Dwags just move the 40-yard dash to their indoor facility?

Stank Wren

March 5th, 2012
9:14 pm

A person smart enough to know – It’s not a good idea to post on a blog after you’ve been drinking all day. I hope that you are smart enough to know the business end of a mop because I imagine that is the only thing that you contribute to society.

John H

March 5th, 2012
9:17 pm

You’re right, any comment directed towards you is a waste of text. No need getting any closer to carpal tunnel responding to the nonsensical drivel that you post. In the future though, you should disguise your envy for UGA a little more cleverly. Good luck with whatever level of education you may be attempting to attain.

Joke of the Day

March 5th, 2012
9:18 pm

The words “Georgia Tech” and “Pro Day” in the same sentence

FL Jacket

March 5th, 2012
9:19 pm

Joke of the Day…

Not very funny or factual…

Joke of the Day

March 5th, 2012
9:23 pm

It’s been reported that 3-4 teams from the Canadian Football League and the XFL will be on hand to witness Georgia Tech’s Pro Day. A waterboy from the Buffalo Bills mentioned that he might stop by if he has time

John H

March 5th, 2012
9:23 pm

In relation to this article though and as a non-wasted post, good luck to all the dawgs in the draft! We’ll definitely miss Orson but hopefully Artie and Jay Rome can step up and keep up the productivity at the TE. It will be interesting to see how we fair on the OL with the loss of Cordy and Bean.

FL Jacket

March 5th, 2012
9:25 pm

Joke of the Day…

I would have gone with “university (sic) of Georgia” and “clean library on game day” in the same sentence instead.

Mountain Dawg

March 5th, 2012
9:33 pm

Whatever happened to Reggie Ball, the nerds’ “down and distance” guru???

Mountain Dawg

March 5th, 2012
10:09 pm

I guess CMR should also apologize for making OC slow as mud.

D Fence

March 5th, 2012
10:10 pm

Don Leebern just bought me another drink and UGA just scored again on the Aubs. Wasnt 45-7 a beat down enough for you Aubs or I guess you want more next year with our rehashed d coordinators and no hack QB.

FL Jacket

March 5th, 2012
10:19 pm

I think CMR and CMB should be held accountable for not preparing Orson Charles properly during his time in Athens…maybe it was that system y’all run?

Mountain Dawg

March 5th, 2012
10:25 pm

Hey, Jealous Enough, at least our HC does not wear a bra.

dawgforlife

March 6th, 2012
12:21 am

gets paid on Sundays…so, Friday is just another day to this ole UGA grad…on a liter note…smiles…I commented on the Johnson question session and was called a troll…it also was implied Techies never troll UGA stories…looks around…must be true…no Techies around here…rolls eyes…I hate when people describe their actions like that…but, what is one to do? this is after all radio

dawgforlife

March 6th, 2012
12:24 am

retypes “lighter” to make the education police have to find something else to panty wad about.

RamboDog

March 6th, 2012
12:39 am

To “Just the Truth”

Tech beats Georgia every Friday …………… and that’s where it counts!

Busted you little fool…everyone who makes the BIG BUCKS gets paid monthly, or at most bi-weekly. Only little “cubicle nerds” get paid “every Friday”.

Get lost loser before you expose your miserable life further.

Thomas Brown

March 6th, 2012
4:58 am

NO BASKETBALL CRUD IN THIS BLOG ABOUT FOOTBALL
_________________________________________________

Mark Richt’s players haven’t been competing at the measurables at the Combines. Why is that ? Because their times are NOT what Mark Richt announced to the world that they are annually, here. We all noted that the times were ALL LIES. Now, we see how much of lies they were. That is what I love about the NFL Draft. We get told the truth. The same will happen with Aaron Murray who is right on 6 feet and runs a 4.81 in 40-yard dash, about what Orson Charles does.

If we want to FIX the football program, we need to quit coddling the players and coaches as great, which they are NOT. And, we need to open competition – especially at QB.

This is when you can BRAG on our Players Coaches & Results :

When we Beat a team who ends up Top 10

When we Beat a team who ends up Top 25

When we don’t Lose teams who don’t end up Top 25

When our QB isn’t # 72 nation pass completion %

When we don’t end up # 6 SEC team in all polls

When we don’t have NCAA # 52 Total Offense

When we don’t go to 7-5 in bowl game record

When we don’t kick 26 players off team for 2012

When we don’t play :

2-10 Ole Miss at Sanford Stadium and
0-00 Georgia Southern at Sanford Stadium and
1-11 Florida Atlantic at Sanford Stadium and
3-09 Buffalo bills at Sanford Stadium and

Vandie with their losing record too and
vols with their losing record as well

These are the 5 Home Games other than lowly Georgia tek which we have at Sanford Stadium.

Fan apathy ? Negative posts abound by every poster to every blog ?

Duh.

When we do something, instead of a vocal minority trying to tell us how great we are # 6 in The SEC in every single solitary poll, fan apathy will not be the problem it is.

The schedule absolutely sucks for Season Ticket Holders like myself and the rest of us. We continue to water down our Home Schedules so our Season Tickets are against no one except Losing Record Opponents.

Thomas Brown

March 6th, 2012
5:42 am

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Jimmy Crack

March 6th, 2012
7:19 am

Thomas Brown, why don’t you sell your season tickets? If the pressure of being a fan is too much for your sore little heart, perhaps you should change teams and go with a program that has perennial winners with little competition, like maybe Ohio State. It would at least save you from getting carpal tunnel with all your excessive typing.

tape worm

March 6th, 2012
7:36 am

Charles really never reached his potential at Georgia, now I know why.

tape worm

March 6th, 2012
7:38 am

Why would he leave early?

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March 6th, 2012
7:39 am

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Thomas Brown

March 6th, 2012
7:40 am

Little competition ?

You mean like our HOME SCHEDULE 2012 ?

Or, like the teams we beat 2011 ?

Or, like the teams we beat 2010 ?

Good Lord, son, where do you get off that we haven’t beat no one and play 11 teams of the 12 for this up-coming season against teams who did not end up in any Top 25 ?

Bulldawgman46

March 6th, 2012
7:58 am

A little surprise about the forty time but still the guy is a player. I think OC can get off the blocks and make some plays also is a great blocker as well . and how many times do you see a TE 40 yrds down the field anyway .

Jimmy Crack

March 6th, 2012
7:59 am

Wow, Brown, you don’t read well, do you?? It is possibly a disorder, or more likely…

…You are unhinged.

dogSTILE

March 6th, 2012
8:14 am

Orsen, it’s tough to run with the weight of possible NCAA violations in the back you mind. Don’t worry about it your still a DGD.

Gator Mike

March 6th, 2012
8:27 am

I will admit that I was disappointed when Charles picked UGA over Florida, but I wished him well. I believed he could be another Aaron Hernandez. He seemed to have all of the atributes to be a great tight end, but I believe he under achieved at UGA. He should have stayed with the DAWGS for another year to further refine his skills.

Thomas Brown

March 6th, 2012
8:34 am

A Father,

You left out

# 72 QB nation in pass completion percentage Aaron Murray

http://espn.go.com/college-football/statistics/player/_/stat/passing/sort/completionPct/count/41

PaulPaul

March 6th, 2012
9:42 am

Orson was a good college player but he made a mistake leaving school. I think we will be better at tight end this year. Rome is much faster and Lynch is a good blocker with good hands. Orson seemed to run out of control at times and didn’t seem to be a great blocker. I don’t think his time in the forty is going to improve very much. He seems a little heavy also.
Anyway he was a good Dawg and represented us well while in school. Hope he does well whatever he does.

still a dawg fan

March 6th, 2012
9:43 am

He should have stayed in school for 1 more year because with a 40yd time of 4.75 the NFL means (NOT FOR LONG).That time moved him to a late round pick. He disappeared in our last 2 games against NFL TALENT so he better learn how to block & play on special teams.It’s the only way he will have long career in the NFL