Bengals draft big-name TE with recent DUI

April, 28, 2012
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The good news is the Bengals got the first-team All-SEC tight end in the fourth round. The bad news is he was there because of red flags, including a DUI arrest in early March.

That's why eyebrows were raised when the Bengals selected Georgia tight end Orson Charles with the 116th overall pick. The Bengals continue to show they are less concerned by character issues than other teams.

Cincinnati has had four players get in trouble with the law since last July: running back Cedric Benson (who is currently a free agent), cornerback Adam Jones, wide receiver Jerome Simpson (who has since signed with Minnesota) and linebacker Rey Maualuga.

In early March, Charles was arrested for a DUI in Athens, Ga., He submitted to sobriety tests and registered a .095 blood alcohol level, according to the police report. At the time of his arrest, Charles was rated as the the 38th-best prospect overall by Scouts Inc. and the No. 2 prospect at tight end in this year's NFL draft.

“I just elaborated to [teams] that it was a one-time mistake and that it won’t happen again," Charles told Cincinnati reporters, via the Cincinnati Enquirer. "That might have been the worst thing to happen in my life. Just to explain to my [11-year old] brother what I did and don’t follow in my footsteps and tell my mom I was sorry. I just put my family in a bind.”

Charles has the potential to be a solid No. 2 tight end for the Bengals behind Jermaine Gresham. He plays bigger than his size and caught 10 career touchdown passes, which tied a school record for that position.

Jamison Hensley

ESPN Ravens reporter

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