Profiling The Georgia Bulldog Tight Ends: Part Two
Last week I took a look at a few of the Georgia tight ends. See that article here.
This week I will be looking at Orson Charles, Arthur Lynch, and Dustin Banks.
Dustin Banks, (RFr), 6'4", 210 lbs
Banks spent last season on the scout team and is a converted wide receiver.
He is not on scholarship and it is unlikely he will see any playing time this season.
It is unknown if he will remain at tight end, as he is undersized to play the position and will need to add some weight if he intends to contend at any time in the next two years.
He was second on the depth chart, behind Aron White, during the G-Day game, but he didn't log any significant playing time.
Arthur Lynch, 6'5", 240 lbs
Even though Lynch (pictured above) has not played a down in a Georgia uniform yet, there is already a buzz about him on campus that rivals only that of Orson Charles.
At 6'5", he is definitely a big fella, and there is room to add a few more pounds to his frame if need be.
He runs a 4.93 forty, much like Aron White, but he plays the game much faster than that and should not be underestimated as a receiver.
He has good hands and displays excellent concentration when making plays in traffic, catching balls away from his body and at their highest point.
He isn't elusive or quick off the line, but he plays smart and his size makes him hard to jam—as a result, he is often able to get into the secondary unabated and make a play on the ball.
Despite his frame, he is a smooth runner and gets up and down the field with ease, displaying body control and great awareness of where he is on the field at all times.
Further, his skills as a defensive player have given him a good feel for the game—often knowing when he needs to make an adjustment for a play that has begun to break down.
As a blocker, he is just as effective. His abilities shine not only at the line of scrimmage but at the second and third level as well—making him a great asset in the run game.
Lynch would love to be in the mix next season as a starter and with options slimming after the loss of Figgins, he has a shot—currently Aron White is the only experienced tight end with game experience so the depth chart is wide open.
The balance and versatility that Lynch provides will be a boon to the Bulldogs passing and running game.
Orson Charles, 6'3", 230 lbs
Charles runs a 4.55 forty at his current weight and creates mismatches no matter where you put him on the field.
He's plays tough and is not afraid to take on any would-be defenders that stand in his way.
He's not a great blocker but his tenacity and competitiveness have made him a decent blocking option in the passing game.
He needs to work on his technique and his footwork if he expects to continue that success at the SEC level.
As a receiver, he has excellent hands and can make almost any catch you would expect him to make.
In his senior season at Plant High School, he totaled 1,440 yards as a receiver and did most of his damage despite the double teams he attracted.
His ability to get to the ball and make the play, no matter who gets in his way, makes him an unenviable assignment for most any defender.
There is room for growth in his game but the raw ability is there and Charles has the work ethic to develop into a solid college-level football player in the coming years.
As of now, most classify him as a hybrid but I think that he will eventually make the complete switch to the wide receiver position.
He needs to work on his route-running ability as he's not really fluid in getting up the field in a controlled and disciplined way.
He can make just about any catch, but he seems a bit shaky on making the necessary adjustments to the ball on the fly—an issue that I am sure he will be able to resolve as he becomes more familiar with his new playbook and gains a greater knowledge of the game.
Further, even though he has decent height for his position, he's not going to consistently win the battle for the ball as his vertical game is only average.
He needs to work on getting better push through the legs so that he can be more consistently explosive when going up for the ball.
He's not going to be a big-time threat on the deep ball but he will eat guys up on the short-to-intermediate routes.
One thing is for sure, no matter where Orson lines up, he will be a solid contributor to the Bulldog offense.
Jon Lilly has to be salivating at the thought of both Arthur Lynch and Orson Charles being at his disposal next season.
Next up: the Offensive Line
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