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Charles careful in pro process

ATHENS, Ga. -- The tight end position re-emerged as a major weapon in the NFL in 2011.

Now Orson Charles hopes to ride the resurgence in interest directed toward his position to a high pick in April's NFL draft.

"I feel like my greatest strength is stretching the field and being versatile," said Charles, who left Georgia to enter the draft after a standout junior year. "I can line up in the box like I did at Georgia, block power, block the stretch, and then they can flex me out and create a mismatch."

Tight ends have never stretched the field in the NFL quite like they did last season, when New England's Rob Gronkowski set single-season league records with 1,327 receiving yards and 17 touchdowns and New Orleans' Jimmy Graham had 1,310 yards and 11 scores.