Koger opts out of regional combine

Former Michigan tight end Kevin Koger told WolverineNation on Wednesday he is no longer planning on attending this weekend's NFL Regional combine in Chicago, something he was originally intending to do after not being invited to last week's national scouting combine in Indianapolis.

It was a decision reached recently mutually between him and his agent.

Koger is instead banking on following up a good performance in the week of practice leading up to the East-West Shrine Game with a strong pro day at Michigan on March 15.

"Just focusing on Pro Day, it'll give me extra time to prepare as opposed to going to Chicago on Saturday," Koger said. "It'll give me those extra two weeks and it'll be beneficial to me."

Another part of the reason for his decision is because his times in drills will be sent to every team, so he figured the extra two weeks would be good.

Koger said his main goal to show out of Pro Day is his athleticism, something he has been working on with former Michigan strength coach Mike Barwis at BarwisMethods in Plymouth, Mich.

"I just need to run well," Koger said. "I just need to show them I am athletic enough to play tight end on the pro level.

"Just position drills and showing them how well I can move will be also important."

As far as pro day goals, Koger said a 40-yard dash time in the 4.6 second range is his goal. Had he been invited to the national combine, a time in the 4.6 second range would have placed him in the top 5 of tight ends invited.