He is capable of blocking on the line immediately and is a very reliable short-yardage pass-catcher. If he can put on a little bit more size to increase the effectiveness of a mismatch running against linebackers in the short game, it's likely he could be drafted as early as the third round.
He uses his body well underneath to shield himself from defenders when working zones and is a very reliable hands catcher who could handle being a go-to option on third downs at the next level.
Charles is still developing as a blocker but has all the physical traits to be successful at the next level, as he is strong and has a well put-together frame. He stood out as a very competitive player who will likely work hard to hone his skills.
He is a flat-footed runner and has trouble sticking his foot in the ground or bending to break quickly in his routes. He has decent wiggle and speed after the catch but isn't much of a threat deep and was utilized mostly in the short passing game at Georgia.
The way he beat defenders in college, through size and power, will be much more difficult at the next level."
Consistently is able to side step linebackers, get up to speed and get down the field. Showcases a great first step into his route, gets up to speed quickly and has the type of straight-line speed to consistently threaten the seem vertically.
Plays like a high 4.5/low 4.6 guy and has the type of second gear to simply run away from defenders down the field or on crossers. Will line up in the slot as well at times, improved his footwork off the line as a junior, not wasting as much motion and getting into his route quickly at speed.
Isn't the cleanliest of route runners at this stage. Tends to prematurely try to get out of his breaks down the field at times on the post and corner, and is slow to get his head around consistently. Possesses inconsistent hands.
Showcases the ability to extend and pluck off his frame. But tends to short arm throws at times and isn't the most soft handed of receivers. Will let the ball get into his body at times underneath as well.
Showcases the foot quickness and fluidity to develop into a cleaner route runner; however at this time will gear down a bit at times out of his breaks and will round off his routes. Nevertheless can create a burst once he gets his feet under him.
Showcases the ability to sit into his stance as a blocker, fire off the ball low and extend his arms into contact. Displays good foot quickness and balance to get around blocks and seal. However, lacks ideal power into contact.
Demonstrates a slight punch at times, but lack the natural power in his lower half to create a consistent push on contact. Demonstrates the ability to get around defenders and seal, but more of an seal guy only.
Does have experience lining up in the backfield as an H-back/lead guy. Takes average angles into the open field and has only average power on contact. Showcases the ability to bend and keep his balance in pass protection. However struggles, to stick through contact, move his feet well when trying to mirror, and too often gives up a soft corner.
Impression: A gifted athlete who can create a lot of mismatches in the pass game. Should be able to improve as a route runner as well. Not quite as polished as Aaron Hernandez as an H-back coming out, but could end up playing a similar type role."
Speed: Charles is an explosive athlete that has the best short area quickness of any TE in this draft. He is dangerous after the catch and fits the mold of an Aaron Hernandez-type flex TE in the NFL. He plays fast and is often a major threat in the vertical game at Georgia. He gets up to top speed as good as any TE and can run away from defenders in the open field. He’s a matchup nightmare with his size/speed/strength combo.
Release/Route Running: Charles fires off the ball well but has a tendency to get caught up in traffic. Has excellent burst and gets in and out of breaks quickly. His routes have a tendency to be sloppy as he looks to get play fast rather than sell his fakes. He runs right through breaks at times throwing off the timing of the route. Charles will need to be a more consistent route runner at the next level.
Blocking: I expected a much worse blocker than I got. He’s not going to be a premier blocking TE in the league but he has solid technique. He fires off the ball low and keeps his center of gravity low. He lacks the power to withstand through initial contact. Could be an effective move blocker in an H-back role and does a good job sealing. I was impressed with his blocking and don’t see him as a liability there in the pros.
Bottom Line: I expected more from his hands and less from his blocking. I got the opposite. He needs to catch the ball cleaner and while his blocking needs some improvement from a strength standpoint I don’t see him as a liability. He’s an explosive athlete that could be similar to Aaron Hernandez in the NFL.
Draft Projection: 2"
Charles is listed by Georgia at being 6-foot-3, but may measure in shorter. If he does, it will really hurt his draft stock. He manages to get by with his speed, quickness off the snap and good enough strength. As Aaron Hernandez and Dustin Keller have shown, though, smart offenses can make players with Charles' skill set succeed.
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While Charles splits out to the slot, he plays with his hand down more than a lot of college tint ends.
He actually seems to do better when he's coming out of a three-point stance. Because he has solid speed, Charles can run a delay route and still get open.
When he lines up in the slot, he's usually asked to run simple vertical routes.
Has flashed good, soft hands to catch the ball outside his frame. Still tends to drop some catchable throws, however.
Possesses intriguing athleticism for the position. Should time well in the offseason which could help negate concerns about his size.
Continuing to develop as a blocker. Is much better when he can work his man to the outside using their momentum against them. Has some trouble using power playing someone to the inside.
Has been asked to block on the second level at times and struggles to locate and use proper technique against defenders."
Excellent receiver caught 49 passes for almost 800 yards over the course of his first two seasons at UGA; more of a big wide receiver who is still adjusting to the tight end position in terms of blocking;
Name has also been mentioned in recent allegations of improper recruiting practices at Miami."
Other attributes include soft hands and durability.
His relative lack of size can be an issue and he has to improve his blocking as he prepares for the next level."