Michigan's Kevin Koger, Steve Watson no longer heading to regional combine this weekend
Former Michigan tight ends Kevin Koger and Steve Watson no longer will compete in a regional combine this weekend in Chicago, as they had originally intended.
The NFL hopefuls, who are working out with former Michigan strength and conditioning coach Mike Barwis, instead are focusing on the Wolverines' pro day March 15. Watson said he also will participate in a regional combine March 17 in Cleveland.
"We communicated, and decided the best thing to do was see how much more I could improve before (the pro day)."
Koger, who was Michigan's top tight end last year, said in a text he also withdrew to focus on the pro day. He does not plan to compete in any regional combines.
He is a possible late-round pick.
Watson, who was Michigan's second tight end last year, said he already has done as many as 25 reps in the 225-pound bench press, and that came after four sets at 385 pounds. That would have placed him fourth among tight ends at the main NFL Scouting Combine last weekend. Georgia's Orson Charles led the way with 35.
Watson hopes to run a 40-yard dash in the high 4.7s or low 4.8s. That would have placed him in the middle of the pack at the combine.
He is not expected to be drafted, but hopes to catch on with a team as an undrafted free agent.