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
DB Brandon Boykin
TE Orson Charles
TE Bruce Figgins
DL DeAngelo Tyson
TE Aron White