Georgia TE Charles arrested Friday for DUI

Written by Gil Alcaraz IV on March 9, 2012


Orson Charles 2Considered one of the top prospects at his position in the 2012 NFL Draft, junior Georgia tight end Orson Charles was working his way towards potentially becoming the first tight end off the board.

Despite a sloppy Pro Day workout and unimpressive times in the 40-yard dash, Charles’ talent and potential as an NFL tight end were still undeniable.

That was until Charles was arrested on Friday morning on charges of DUI and driving minimum speed.

He was arrested by the Athens-Clarke County Police and booked into the ACC jail at 4:31 a.m. He was released an hour later on $1,750 bond.

With this arrest on his record, Charles’ draft stock could see a significant drop in the next month leading up to the late-April draft. He was already slipping due to his lackluster Combine and Pro Day performances. This DUI will really make NFL officials reconsider his off-field stability and ability to handle life in the big leagues. Despite the risk, he will still be considered a fringe first-round talent if he can prove that this DUI was a one-time deal.

Now on the immediate decline, the former First-Team All-SEC tight end will fall several steps behind other top tight end prospects including Stanford’s Coby Fleener and Clemson’s Dwayne Allen.

This should act as a lesson to future NFL Draft prospects: don’t drink your subpar Pro Day sorrows away and think it is okay to drive yourself home after.

Gil Alcaraz IV

Gil is the owner of the Minnesota Vikings blog, The Viking Den, and an editorial writer for Lakers Nation. Having followed the NFL Draft for years, Gil has had a knack for naming some of the big surprise players to make it in the NFL. Gil is also a member of the Football Writers Association of America. See all posts by Gil Alcaraz IV.