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NFL Combine 2012 Results: Orson Charles Improves Stock with Super-Human Strength

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 25: Tight end Orson Charles of Georgia participates in a drill during the 2012 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 25, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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Brian MaziqueCorrespondent IIIFebruary 26, 2012

Georgia's Orson Charles is known for his straight line speed and pass catching ability. I guess no one knew he was freakishly strong as well.

Charles broke the TE record for bench press reps of 225 pounds with a sick 35 reps.

OK, I know thinking of 35 reps of 225 pounds is impressive on it's own, but allow me to further impress you by putting this feat into perspective.

With almost every offensive linemen having already worked out, only one had as many or more reps than Charles. That was David Molk whose 41 reps has been the best bench press performance at the combine thus far in 2012.

Not only was Charles the strongest TE, he would also be the second strongest offensive lineman up to this point in 2012.

Charles has not run the 40-yard dash as of the time of this article's publishing, but it's expected to be a respectable number. In fact, it could put him in the upper echelon of TE's in regards to speed, as those times have been underwhelming.

James Hanna of Oklahoma currently holds the fastest 40 time of all TE's in 2012 with a 4.49. If Charles runs a 4.6 or faster, he will be on his way to one of the better combine performances by a TE in the last five years.

As impressive as Vernon Davis' 4.38 40 time was for a TE in 2006, Charles' bench press totals are almost equally as eye-popping.

If you consider the dual threat Charles could be with that strength and assumed speed, he could be a real force; that's of course assuming he has more than straight line speed.

Per NFL.com's scouting report:

Charles is a very straight-line route runner who could have issues separating from defenders at the next level who are savvy to diagnose his routes.

This could all be a matter of technique and savvy though, both of which Charles could add with experience and coaching.

Charles had a moderately successful junior season with 45 receptions for 574 yards and five TDs, but it's possible he could break out more in a more wide open NFL offense.

The physical package is an intriguing one, and I believe he's worthy of a strong look in the second round by a team looking for a balanced TE.


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