Orson Charles’ departure for the NFL draft after his junior season wasn’t unexpected, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a blow to Georgia’s tight end position.
Charles and senior tight end Aron White combined to catch 128 passes for 1,882 yards and 20 touchdown passes in their careers.
“That will be a big hit,” offensive coordinator Mike Bobo said in late November about the prospect of Charles’ leaving with White. “The last three years those have been the main guys playing the tight end position.”
It’s now time for redshirt junior Arthur Lynch and redshirt freshman Jay Rome to show what they’ve got.
“I’ve been pleased with Arthur Lynch’s progress and obviously Jay Rome has a bright future, but obviously is green playing out there,” Bobo said. “That’s an area of concern for us. …I think their talent set is good enough to play in this league.”
Bobo said Georgia would have to get the two “game ready in spring and in (preseason) camp.”
I asked White during bowl practices if there would be a big drop-off at tight end without himself and Charles.
“I don’t think so,” he said. “I think Artie Lynch is a tremendous tight end. He’s a guy that hasn’t gotten a tremendous amount of playing time, hasn’t been featured here, but was a highly-recruited guy. If you look at him, he’s got an NFL-type body already. Maybe he’s a different type of player than Orson and myself, but definitely a guy that has a lot of talent and can be used in a lot of ways.”
Lynch, from Dartmouth, Mass., was rated as the No. 2 tight end prospect nationally by Rivals.com in 2009 and No. 5 by Scout.com. Rome was rated as the No. 1 tight end in the class of 2011 by ESPN.com and No. 4 by Scout.com and Rivals.com
The 6-foot-5 Lynch said back in November that his weight was down to about 258, even though he’s listed at 272.
White called the 6-6, 254-pound Rome from Valdosta “our young thundercat.” He’s also playing on Mark Fox’s basketball team, getting into the first half the other night at Florida.
“Georgia’s always going to have a tight end,” White said. “That’s something you can count on. That’s one of the reasons why I came here. …I can’t see that changing in the near future.”
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