Has soft hands that is a fairly reliable outlet receiver over the middle. Consistently catches the ball away from his body and will extend and adjust for the poor throws. Has good body control, showing some ability to adjust in the air to a high throw. Shows some toughness after the catch, able to drag an undersized defensive back for a few extra yards. Is effective blocker that gives good effort. Has decent pop as an inline blocker, and occasionally will be able to get his hands inside and lock onto a smaller defender. Can get position in space and effective making the kick-out block on the second level. Can get the seal on the edge when he's blocking down on the defensive end. Can line up as an H-back and can be an effective lead blocker. Will work in pass protection.
Lacks speed and doesn't get a good release off the line as an inline tight end. Rarely will run routes downfield, and lacks the speed and burst to separate. Will drop some passes that hit his hands at times. Won't always be able to use his size effectively to outmuscle defender in traffic. Struggles to match up as an inline blocker when going against a defensive end. Misses too many assignments. Needs to do a better job using his hands as an inline blocker, ducking his head and overextending. Doesn't always deliver a blow to the defender when he squares up a defender in space. Slow to hit his assignments at times when he's the lead blocker at H-back.
Koger is primarily a blocker for Michigan, but he's a solid receiver because he has good hands and can be a nice outlet receiver in the flat or over the middle. He flashes some potential to be a role player and blocking tight end at the next level, but he's still underdeveloped as a blocker. But he's too limited in both to really love his chances at the next level. He can work both as an inline tight end and H-back, but not a particularly great fit at either, making him more of a tweener.
2011 GAMES WATCHED:
(9/10) vs. Notre Dame: 1 targets, 1 rec., 11 yds, 0 YAC, 0 TDs
(9/24) vs. San Diego St: 3 tgt., 0 rec., 0 yds, 1 drop
(11/12) at Illinois: 2 tgt., 2 rec., 42 yds (21.0 avg), 18 YAC (9.0 avg), 0 TDs; 1 missed block
(1/3) vs. Virginia Tech: 3 tgt., 2 rec., 9 yds (4.5 avg), 2 YAC (1.0 avg), 0 TDs; 1 missed bock
2011: 13 GP/12 GS, 23 rec., 244 yds, 10.6 avg, 4 TDs
Koger is not going to come in right away and contribute as a blocker. But if he can improve his technique, play with better leverage, and use his hands, he can be an effective blocking tight end. He can play both as an inline TE and H-back, which gives him versatility to adapt to multiple roles. But since he's not really great in either role, it's not as big an asset as it could be with other prospects. He's a solid receiver, but his average speed will make it hard for him to beat man coverage at the next level. So you're really only thinking that he is a guy that most years will only be able to catch 10-20 passes as an outlet option. Early in his career, he can compete as a No. 3 tight end and if he can improve as a blocker, you could see him being a decent No. 2 guy by the time his rookie contract expires. But in truth, there's nothing special about Koger that makes you think he'll be able to stick long-term with most NFL teams in that role. He's the type of tight end that becomes a journeyman. He can play in the NFL, but he'll likely be a nondescript tight end that teams pick up to add depth, but nobody is going to marry themselves to him because he doesn't do anything well enough to stand out. More than likely, the best you're hoping for early in his career is bouncing around a few practice squads, developing as a blocker with the hope that by his second or third summer or so he could make a roster.
Koger can compete for a reserve role in Atlanta, but he doesn't really offer any better upside than Michael Palmer. Like Palmer, he can be an effective blocker, but probably not a good blocker. And will probably take a year or two longer than Palmer did to be effective there. And like Palmer, he can be a solid outlet receiver, but he's not a good enough athlete to be a consistent threat because he'll struggle to beat man coverage. He is a potential practice squad candidate that has limited developmental upside. He's not going to bring anything that Palmer doesn't already bring, and thus would be hard-pressed to stick in Atlanta as long as Palmer is around.
Koger is not worth a draft pick because of his limited upside and the fact that he's not going to impact right away. Instead, he is a nice pickup as an undrafted free agent that can add competition in camp.
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Body Control: 5.5
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