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With the loss of breakout player Jake Ballard and backup Travis Beckum, the New York Giants are lacking considerably at the tight end position.
While some may argue for the Giants to fill other positional needs at this point in the draft, the talent at those positions doesn’t equate to what Georgia’s Orson Charles can bring to New York’s dynamic passing attack.
In a league filled to the brim with outstanding receiving tight end talent, such as Rob Gronkowski or Jimmy Graham, the Giants were able to win a Super Bowl without a player of such ability on their roster.
With the likely departure of No. 3 receiver Mario Manningham added to the immense loss the Giants' offense will take in the passing game—despite two elite receivers in Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz—there will not be a better prospect on the boards than Charles for the defending Super Bowl champions and their 32nd pick in the draft.
In 2011 for the Bulldogs, the 6’2”, 251-pound tight end caught 45 passes for 574 yards and five touchdowns.
Charles boasts tremendous 4.5 speed and great hands for a tight end. Despite being slightly undersized, Charles is a better blocker than most will give him credit for. Any struggles he will have in that department can easily be fixed by some good coaching.
Arguably on the same level as fellow prospects Coby Fleener and Dwayne Allen, his performance at the combine in Indianapolis should put him ahead of those two when it comes time for the Giants to pick at No. 32.