Draft Impact: Georgia TE Orson Charles Arrested, Charged with DUI

Sigmund Bloom@SigmundBloomNFL Draft Lead WriterMarch 9, 2012

Orson Charles' stock will be brought down by this arrest.
Orson Charles' stock will be brought down by this arrest.Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

Friday morning brings us news on a top draft prospect, and it's certainly not good news. The University of Georgia student newspaper reports that TE Orson Charles was arrested and charged with driving under the influence and driving minimum speed early Friday morning:

Orson Reuben Charles, a junior tight end on the Georgia football team who declared his intentions to enter the NFL Draft next month, was arrested Friday morning on charges of DUI Alcohol and driving minimum speed.

Charles was arrested by the Athens-Clarke County Police and booked into the ACC Jail at 4:31 a.m., according to the ACC jail booking log.

Charles' draft stock had already taken a hit when he ran in the 4.7-4.9 range at his pro day earlier this week. That Charles would put himself at risk of an arrest at this crucial time in his career may cause him to be removed from some teams' boards altogether if there is any other information out there about Charles being a character risk.

Unlike Alabama CB Dre Kirkpatrick's arrest for marijuana possession in January, Charles can't claim that the intoxicants in his system belonged to someone else.

Charles, once thought to have an outside chance of getting in the late first round, is probably a third-day pick at this point.

Clemson TE Dwayne Allen, who showed well at his pro day yesterday, is solidifying his status as the No. 1 TE on the board while his other competition, Stanford TE Coby Fleener, is sidelined with a high-ankle sprain