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Bengals end Orson Charles’ slide at the No. 116 pick

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Georgia tight end Orson Charles was a consensus first-team All-SEC pick in 2011, before leaving school early for the pros. He was a big-time weapon in the Bulldogs’ pro-style passing attack, finishing his college career with a 14.6 yards-per-reception average and ten touchdown catches.

Charles sent up red flags, however, with far worse measurables in workouts than anticipated, a pre-draft agent change, and an early-March DUI arrest. Charles was likely scratched off a number of teams’ draft boards.

The Bengals are less bothered by character concerns than most teams, and they snatched him up at the 116th overall pick. In Cincinnati, Charles could develop into an excellent No. 2 tight end behind starter Jermaine Gresham.

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14 Responses to “Bengals end Orson Charles’ slide at the No. 116 pick”
  1. beckzhere says: Apr 28, 2012 1:16 PM

    Excellent pick up at 116.

  2. bamabengal says: Apr 28, 2012 1:28 PM

    I like it! Bengals are having an exceptional draft!

  3. whodeytn says: Apr 28, 2012 1:30 PM

    Of course you mention a DUI…

    If the Patriots picked him, it would have been a steal with no mention of character concerns..

    Hey, remember spygate?

  4. 86chawk says: Apr 28, 2012 1:35 PM

    He just adds to the over-crowding issues at Cinncinati’s County Jail.

  5. peytonsneck18 says: Apr 28, 2012 1:37 PM

    Good player, if he wasn’t a knucklehead he could’ve picked earlier, if he stays out of trouble , he’s the 3rd best TE in this draft, colts got the top 2

  6. cincyhokie says: Apr 28, 2012 2:26 PM

    86chawk says:Apr 28, 2012 1:35 PM

    He just adds to the over-crowding issues at Cinncinati’s County Jail.

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    Ha! Good to see you brought jokes!

    Here’s a hint for you. Cincinnati is a city, it’s not a county. However, I wouldn’t expect a Steelers fan to know that.

    Carry on.

  7. nflfollower says: Apr 28, 2012 2:55 PM

    Good pick, especially that late.

  8. sixburghrules says: Apr 28, 2012 3:50 PM

    Through the 4th round the AFC North Grade average by the NFL Network are:

    Browns – 74.73 (Note 2 1st round picks, 6 overall)
    Bengals – 83.08 (Note: 5 overall)
    Ravens – 75.35 (Note: Traded out of 1st round, 4 overall)
    Steelers – 83.92 (Note 4 overall, traded up in 4th)

    Looks like the Bengals are going to be improving this year and doesn’t seem like the Ravens are going to be taking any steps forward. The Browns will be the Browns BUT the Steeler OL will be VASTLY improved. In Colbert I trust!

  9. pooflingingmonkey says: Apr 28, 2012 3:58 PM

    @sixburghrules says: Apr 28, 2012 3:50 PM

    “Through the 4th round the AFC North Grade average by the NFL Network are:…”

    Agreed. Great post from a rare, objective Stiller fan.

  10. stiller9305 says: Apr 28, 2012 5:38 PM

    Just a hint now that you’re in Bengal Land dude … if you’re caught .. don’t go to trial … take the plea baby … take the plea …

  11. wickid77 says: Apr 28, 2012 6:08 PM

    “Just a hint now that you’re in Bengal Land dude … if you’re caught .. don’t go to trial … take the plea baby … take the plea …”

    Where were you when Hines Wards needed you?

  12. l6ozbud says: Apr 28, 2012 6:23 PM

    whodeytn says:

    Of course you mention a DUI…

    If the Patriots picked him, it would have been a steal with no mention of character concerns..

    The Patriots just drafted Alfonso Dennard. Which is a bigger deal, a DUI or punching a police officer in the face? But I’m sure Dennard will be labeled a “no risk, all reward” pick.

  13. joetoronto says: Apr 28, 2012 7:21 PM

    Just another turd for the Bungals.

  14. sparky151 says: Apr 28, 2012 10:41 PM

    I expect Orson will have some good will in Ohio. He’s the recruit who dropped Florida’s 2006 BCS trophy and broke it. Then he went to UGA.

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