An excellent athlete, Orson Charles is yet another new age, receiving tight end. The 6'2", 251-pounder was fairly productive at Georgia, and he has the ability to produce at a high level.
Charles produced in all three of his seasons at the college level, but he finally broke out in his junior season, nearly doubling his previous season's catch total.
National Football Post writes about Charles:
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.
Though he is an explosive player, Charles isn't necessarily a deep threat, yet is also hindered by his size. In the NFL, Charles' lack of size and blocking ability will limit his role.
Charles has also had some drop issues, but he frequently makes great catches and displays natural hands. The Georgia tight end is a threat working across the middle on underneath and intermediate routes.
As a rookie, Charles will see the playing field. He won't start, and he will only play on passing situations, but he will be used out of the slot similar to an Aaron Hernandez.
B/R's NFL Draft Expert Matt Miller had Charles in the Top-60 of his Big Board, which shows this athletic TE could prove to be a steal this late in the draft. Time will tell, but this could work out well for the Bengals, especially as the league is more and more falling in love with the uber-athletic tight ends.