Orson Charles Scouting Report

"2012 NFL Draft prospect, Orson Charles"Orson Charles


Ht. 6-3 Wt. 241

Hands:  Charles is a WR playing TE.  He has strong hands but not always consistent.  He allows the ball into his body often in traffic and has a tendency to short arm balls.  His is prone to drops due to concentration and average hands.

Speed:  Charles is an explosive athlete that has the best short area quickness of any TE in this draft.  He is dangerous after the catch and fits the mold of an Aaron Hernandez-type flex TE in the NFL.  He plays fast and is often a major threat in the vertical game at Georgia.  He gets up to top speed as good as any TE and can run away from defenders in the open field.  He’s a matchup nightmare with his size/speed/strength combo. 

Release/Route Running:  Charles fires off the ball well but has a tendency to get caught up in traffic.  Has excellent burst and gets in and out of breaks quickly.  His routes have a tendency to be sloppy as he looks to get play fast rather than sell his fakes.  He runs right through breaks at times throwing off the timing of the route.  Charles will need to be a more consistent route runner at the next level.

Blocking:  I expected a much worse blocker than I got.  He’s not going to be a premier blocking TE in the league but he has solid technique.  He fires off the ball low and keeps his center of gravity low.  He lacks the power to withstand through initial contact.  Could be an effective move blocker in an H-back role and does a good job sealing.  I was impressed with his blocking and don’t see him as a liability there in the pros.

Bottom Line:  I expected more from his hands and less from his blocking.  I got the opposite.  He needs to catch the ball cleaner and while his blocking needs some improvement from a strength standpoint I don’t see him as a liability.  He’s an explosive athlete that could be similar to Aaron Hernandez in the NFL.

Draft Projection:  2

Author: Brad

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  • DP

    Like the summary, but one disagreement –

    He lacks power to withstand through initial contact? He’s one of the strongest players coming out of the SEC this year. Posted the top bench. He’s got plenty of power.

    • Brad

      Doesn’t play strong in his lower half. He’s a naturally strong athlete but doesn’t show his lower body power in line. He’s got the skills to be a decent blocker but they don’t always show up.