No NFL club has more former Georgia players than the Cincinnati Bengals, who added their sixth ex-Bulldog Saturday when they drafted tight end Orson Charles in the fourth round.
The Bengals drafted Pro Bowl receiver A.J. Green in the first round and offensive lineman Clint Boling in the fourth round last year and defensive lineman Geno Atkins in the fourth round in 2010.
"I guess that [shows] the program that we have built over a couple years at Georgia, so I definitely don’t want to let that tradition down," Charles said Saturday.
The Bengals also have defensive end Robert Geathers -- brother of Georgia nose guard Kwame Geathers -- and offensive lineman Dennis Roland on the roster.
Charles said he discussed with Green his decision over whether to leave school after his junior season. Green made the same decision a year ago before the Bengals selected him with the fourth overall pick. Now they will be reunited in Cincinnati.
"To be reunited with him is definitely a blessing," Charles said. "I’m definitely going to be in his right pocket as far as after practices, working with him, catching balls with him and just staying in the film room with him."
Bengals coach Marvin Lewis credited the large number of ex-Bulldogs on the roster to the club's comfortable relationship with Coach Mark Richt's program.
"We have a great relationship there with the coaching staff obviously. I can call Coach Richt at any point and I think he’s very honest and frank with us about things.
"[Charles] is a guy that wanted to know if he could come here today. He was ready to get on a plane and come, so that’s the kind of guys we have on our football team from there -- very no-nonsense, all about football and winning and good people. They’re coached well, they learn, they know how to prepare, and it’s been a great place for us and a real comfortable place for our coaches to visit and our scouts to visit and so forth and we have a great relationship with them."