Tim Tucker of the Atlanta Journal constitution reports that Georgia tight end Orson Charles has decided to forgo his senior year of eligibility in favor of the NFL draft. All indications are that the 6’3′ Charles will be a first round pick in the 2012 draft. While he never quite developed into one of the all-time great Bulldogs at the tight end position, Orson Charles possesses the pass catching ability and physical skill set needed to be an impact player at the next level. Bulldog Nation is appreciative of the time Orson Charles spent between the hedges at the University of Georgia.
On the other hand, the AJC article notes that Bulldog safety Bacarri Rambo has chosen to stay and finish out his collegiate career at Georgia. Rambo was spectacular during the 2011 season, and he has flourished in Todd Grantham’s 3-4 defensive scheme. Rambo’s decision to play his senior season of college football comes as a pleasant surprise after he led the Southeastern Conference in interceptions with eight. The safety was expected to be a first round pick as well had he declared for the NFL draft.
Despite Orson Charles’ early exit, the future of the tight end position for the Georgia Bulldogs is bright. Arthur Lynch is a familiar face who has waited his turn to get more playing time at Georgia, and Jay Rome, who was a member of Georgia’s “Dream Team” recruiting class, is also ready to contribute after redshirting his first year on campus.
Next fall is shaping up to be a pivotal time for the University of Georgia football program. The Bulldogs are loaded with talent, and Georgia will be equipped with a sure-fire top ten preseason ranking, along with a very soft schedule. Bulldog Nation has reason for lofty expectations. Georgia players must do their best to have a trouble free offseason, while Mark Richt and the coaching staff must do all that they can to put Georgia in position to win every game remaining on the calendar in 2012. Championship or Bust in Athens, Georgia.