ORSON CHARLES, TE, GEORGIA
TRIANGLE NUMBERS: 6-3, 241, 4.5
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Looks like a yoked up, physically put together wide out with a strong set of arms. Is a natural bender who can sit into his stance when playing from a three-point stance. Fires off the ball well and does a great job with his short area quickness and has the length to side step the bump and cleanly getting into his route. Consistently is able to side step linebackers, get up to speed and get down the field. Showcases a great first step into his route, gets up to speed quickly and has the type of straight-line speed to consistently threaten the seem vertically. Plays like a high 4.5/low 4.6 guy and has the type of second gear to simply run away from defenders down the field or on crossers. Will line up in the slot as well at times, improved his footwork off the line as a junior, not wasting as much motion and getting into his route quickly at speed.
Isn’t the cleanliest of route runners at this stage. Tends to prematurely try to get out of his breaks down the field at times on the post and corner, and is slow to get his head around consistently. Possesses inconsistent hands. Showcases the ability to extend and pluck off his frame. But tends to short arm throws at times and isn’t the most soft handed of receivers. Will let the ball get into his body at times underneath as well. Showcases the foot quickness and fluidity to develop into a cleaner route runner; however at this time will gear down a bit at times out of his breaks and will round off his routes. Nevertheless can create a burst once he gets his feet under him.
Showcases the ability to sit into his stance as a blocker, fire off the ball low and extend his arms into contact. Displays good foot quickness and balance to get around blocks and seal. However, lacks ideal power into contact. Demonstrates a slight punch at times, but lack the natural power in his lower half to create a consistent push on contact. Demonstrates the ability to get around defenders and seal, but more of an seal guy only. Does have experience lining up in the backfield as an H-back/lead guy. Takes average angles into the open field and has only average power on contact. Showcases the ability to bend and keep his balance in pass protection. However struggles, to stick through contact, move his feet well when trying to mirror, and too often gives up a soft corner.
Impression: A gifted athlete who can create a lot of mismatches in the pass game. Should be able to improve as a route runner as well. Not quite as polished as Aaron Hernandez as an H-back coming out, but could end up playing a similar type role.
Charles fits the mold that of next generation TE who is a bit of hybrid of TE size mixed with uncanny athletic ability and versatility…Has soft natural hands, and does a good job using them to make catches out away from his body…played both on the line and split out into the slot in college…really effective running crossing routes where he can get the ball with some space…Runs effective vertical routes that force defenses to commit a safety to his coverage…Getting better as a blocker, still more of a redirector than a forceful engaging blocker…explosive out of his stance and works hard on his routes to get off coverage and get open.
Too inconsistent for many UGA fans his entire career as he makes the tough catches look easy but the easy catches fall to the ground far too often…while he’s an improving blocker he’s still not an asset when blocking, he struggles with his hand placement and power at the POA…also not good when asked to block on the 2nd level and locate targets on the move…questions linger about his size as well, at only 6’3 he needs to come in at or above that at the Combine to squah those fears…sloppy when working hitch or curl routes, often getting improper depth or missing the timing…disappeared in some games for long stretches needs to be able to maintain a consistent impact in the game through all four quarters.
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Orson Charles is a tight end prospect who plays like a wide receiver. He fits one of those new “Joker” roles. Can line him anywhere. Pretty fast, can beat linebackers. Tough to stop in the open field. Not a very good blocker, and needs to improve hands. But he fits the new hybrid role. Mismatch nightmare. Get him in the open field and watch him go. We’ve been profiling tight ends, and I’m not too thrilled. The Giants ask their tight ends to block. Charles can’t block. Fleener isn’t a good blocker. Allen is good, but undersized. Ladarius Green can’t block. All those guys are mismatch guys in the open field, but can’t really block too well. So Charles can make things happen in the open field, but cannot block. I’m starting to think that the Giants will look for just a solid, blocking tight end. That might be in free agency. Might be in the draft (George Bryan from NC State comes to mind). Or they might stick with Bear Pascoe. The rule is this: do not expect the Giants to draft a tight end in the first round. There is no all around tight end in this draft. A big misconception about Rob Gronkowski is that he’s just a receiver. No. He’s a great blocker. Hernandez is similar to Charles, but Hernandez is used differently than Charles would on the Giants. The Giants don’t use tight ends like that. Jimmy Graham is just a different type of athlete. Vernon Davis had to improve his blocking before becoming really successful. And there isn’t a tight end who can block and receive very well in the draft. It’s a weak class. I can’t imagine Orson Charles ends up in Blue. The only guy I could see is Fleener. But the Giants don’t draft for need! They draft for best player available. If that’s a defensive lineman, they’ll do that. Let’s not assume tight end. This class is weak. Charles is not the answer, because he just can’t block, even if he does give a good effort. The Giants don’t seem to want to adapt their offense to these new hybrid tight ends. And that’s fine. They won a Super Bowl that way. So let’s not get too caught up in these tight ends. The Giants will not draft one early, with the exception of Fleener and that’s a maybe. Charles will make a team happy, because he can do so much. I just can’t see it being a Giant.