Georgia Football: Former Tight End Orson Charles Busted for DUI in Athens

Blake SilversAnalyst IIIMarch 9, 2012

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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The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is reporting that UGA's former tight end and NFL prospect Orson Charles was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol on Friday morning (March 9) in Athens.  

The highly-touted Charles has been expected to be a popular choice at the tight end position in this year's NFL draft after he decided to leave the Bulldogs following his junior season with first-round aspirations.  

Charles, who was a 2011 first team All-American selection, was booked around 4:30 a.m. by Athens-Clarke County police and was released on bond shortly after.  

The Tampa native had an outstanding junior season in 2011, but struggled during his pro-day performance in Athens with a 4.75 40-yard dash time and several dropped passes. That being said, he was working against 20 mile-per-hour winds. 

It is unlikely that the arrest will cause a free-fall for his draft status. However, Charles could fall off the chart with some teams who follow strict character standards during their draft selections. His body of work at UGA, and especially during his junior season, still make him a likely top tight end prospect for any NFL team who has a need at the position.