- 03/20/12 NFL DRAFT SCOUT FALLER: Kevin Koger, TE, Michigan: The Wolverines tight end, who was a surprise snub from the Combine last month, could be an excellent mid-round value in a weak tight end class. However, he didn't help himself last Thursday at Michigan's Pro Day as was forced to watch his teammates from the sidelines because he tweaked his hamstring. Koger performed well in front of scouts at the East-West Shrine Game in Tampa and is considered one of the better all-around players at his position in the draft. He did post 21 reps of 225-pounds on the bench press, but was unable to do anything else and there are some concerns he might not be fully healed in time to run for scouts before the draft. For a player who caught only 23 passes as a senior, NFL teams want to know if Koger has the athleticism and speed to be effective as a pro. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
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Positives: Lean athlete with clear upside. Soft hands and flashes the ability to make the outstanding catch (Western Michigan) due to possessing long arms (32 7/8"), big hands (10 1/4) and good hand-eye coordination. Gains a quick release off the line of scrimmage. Dips his shoulder and shows some savviness as a route-runner to avoid contact with defenders to get into his route. Good overall athleticism for the position. A natural glider with at least moderate burst out of his breaks. Showed much greater consistency and strength as a run blocker in 2011, including at the East-West Shrine Game... Voted a team captain in 2011 and was recognized as a co-recipient of the Robert P. Ufer Bequest Award, which acknowledges the senior demonstrating the most enthusiasm and love for Michigan.
Negatives: Underdeveloped athlete who until his senior season hadn't shown much as a blocker... A glider who is moving faster than he appears but lacks the top-end speed to be a real threat down the seam... Remains a bit raw despite the fact that he's started four seasons at Michigan... Inconsistent catching the football. Doesn't reach his arms out to snatch passes away from his body when defenders are near resulting in too many passes getting into his pads and some ugly drops.