DE Idaho State
Numbers: 6'3 (6037) / 267 pounds / 4.83 forty speed (NFL Pro Day)
2006 preseason stats: 6 tackles, 3 assists, 0.5-3-0 sacks with Houston
2005 stats: 27 tackles, 29 assists, 19-101 tackles for loss, 12-65 sacks,
5 pass deflections, 2 forced fumbles, 1-0-0 fumble recovery with Idaho State
The player: Sometimes players are very much like you'd think they are
from a cursory glance at their numbers and Charleston is one of them. A tall,
thin end with a nice first step and impressive strength, Charleston tore up
Division I-A offenses, regularly camping out in opponent's backfields and
destroying game plans. But when it came to draft time, he was something of an
afterthought, not only because Idaho State is hardly Ohio State when it comes to
football, but also because since Charleston transferred to the Bengals
from Western Oregon, there was hardly any film of him. When he ran a
disappointing forty (he looks much faster on the field) at his Pro Day, he sank
farther down the list. He did sign on with the Texans. I watched him in
preseason and, although he looked raw, he showed a great deal of potential as a
How he fits: The Colts are continually auditioning pass-rush prospects
and Charleston will get a chance to show his stuff. Unless major injuries
strike, Charleston is unlikely to be signed to the active roster this year, but
is more likely to be signed after the season for 2007 and, perhaps, assigned to
a European vacation.
Reminds me of: Trevor Johnson, a former Nebraska defensive end who's
bounced around the league a bit.
Photo: AP/Garry Jones
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