Georgia tight end Orson Charles has done everything in his power to ruin his draft stock over the past week.
Just four days after running 4.75 and 4.90 forty times at his Pro Day in Athens, Charles was arrested Friday morning and charged with DUI in Clarke County, Georgia. He was apparently stopped in the roadway at South Milledge Avenue and Morton Avenue when a polite officer pulled up behind him to check if his vehicle was disabled. According to reports, Charles then began to drive away and the officer followed him a short distance before pulling him over.
Charles submitted to sobriety tests and registered a .095 blood alcohol limit. He was arrested and booked into Clarke County Jail at 4:31 a.m. and was released on $1,750 bond at 5:29 a.m.
The 21-year-old tight end won’t be able to blame the wind for this latest misfortune. NFL teams could have looked past his poor forty times considering wind gusts of 20-30 miles per hour had an adverse affect on his Pro Day performance. But teams won’t look past this latest setback.
Highly regarded as one of the top tight end prospects in this year’s class, Charles could watch his stock plummet in the next few months. Some media members have ranked the athletically gifted Charles ahead of Stanford’s Coby Fleener because of what he could potentially bring to a passing game at the pro level. But Fleener is an equally impressive pass catcher who can beat defenses both underneath and versus man coverage, and currently doesn’t have a DUI on his record. Following Charles’ arrest, it would be an upset if he were taken ahead of Fleener come April.
This is certainly an unfortunate situation for a young man who needed to be flawless over these next couple of months. But Charles still has plenty of time to turn things around. After all, he’s only human and human beings make mistakes. The best thing he can do now is take responsibility for his actions and strive to make sure that it’ll never happen again. If he makes excuses, teams will further question his judgement and potentially drop him from their draft boards. He can’t change the past but everything he does now will have an adverse affect on his professional football career because he’ll be under a magnifying glass from here on out.