Former Bulldogs TE Charles arrested on DUI charge

Former Georgia tight end Orson Charles was arrested for DUI early this morning, just days after working out for scouts from 30 NFL teams at the school’s pro day on campus.

A scheduled free autograph signing with Charles scheduled for Saturday in Athens was canceled by Academy Sports + Outdoors this morning, according to organizer Dan Everett.

The arrest risks damaging his stock for next month’s NFL draft. Charles was considered in the top tier of tight ends, although he ran what was considered a slow 40-yard dash time in his workout Monday in Athens, leaving him to say that he would like a chance to run another time to show better.

Charles, 21, was also charged this morning with “minimum speed.” He was arrested by Athens Clarke-County police and booked into the Clarke County Jail at 4:31 a.m. and released at 5:29 a.m. on bonds totaling $1,750, according to the Clarke County Sheriff’s web site.

Charles, from Tampa, was to have held a private workout on Thursday with the Philadelphia Eagles along with former Georgia offensive linemen Cordy Glenn and Ben Jones, Jones posted on his Twitter account.

Charles entered his name in the NFL draft after his junior season after seeking the guidance of among others, former NFL coach Tony Dungy. Charles was a finalist for the John Mackey Award for the nation’s top tight end.

“I just want a job right now,” Charles said Monday. “I have no way of helping my mom with some bills. …Right now I would just love to play for anybody.”

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