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With the 180th pick overall in the 2016 NFL draft, the Minnesota Vikings select Moritz Boehringer, wide receiver from the Schwabisch Hall Unicorns. Yes; that is correct, the Vikings have made Boehringer the first international player to go straight from European league to the NFL.
Boehringer stands a towering six foot four inches tall and weighs in at 227 pounds. Please, do not be fooled. Boehringer has done plenty more than just hail from a foreign country to create a buzz around himself.
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The towering receiver put together an absolute dazzling performance at the Florida Atlantic pro day earlier this spring. The German wideout ran the 40 yard dash in 4.43 seconds at that was on grass, not the usual turf. He also showed a vertical jump of 39 inches, a 10 foot 11 inch broad jump, benched 225 pounds 17 times and had a 11.15 second 60 yard shuttle.
What do all the numbers mean? They mean that Boehringer tested out as one of the top receivers in every single category. In actuality, only three receivers at the scouting combine posted a faster 40 yard dash time than the native from Aalen, Germany.
It was widely documented that Boehringer learned how to play football by watching YouTube videos of Adrian Peterson. Shortly after watching the videos, Boehringer decided to pickup the American game up full time. While only playing the game for a short time, the massive wide receiver was a quick learner and took the European league by storm.
The European league is considered to be about the equivalent of Division III football, but how many Division III football players have the build and speed that Boehringer does?
Now Boehringer will be playing on the same team as his YouTube mentor. When asked about meeting Peterson soon, Boehringer simply said, “I heard he has a very strong handshake, I will be prepared for that.”
For the skeptics that think this was just a stunt by the Vikings’ organization just have to look at how highly they touted the young receiver before eventually drafting him.
The Vikings needed receiver help this year and after drafting Laquon Treadwell in the first round, they got just that. All anyone needs to know about how excited the Viking fan base is to have Boehringer, just need to look at Twitter for about 10 seconds. Boehringer’s Twitter feed erupted immediately following his selection and majority of them are most assuredly Vikings’ fans.
There are plenty worse ways to spend the 180th pick in the NFL draft. Most picks in the sixth round never see the field due to lack of hustle or just lack of talent. Boehringer definitely has the hustle and talent to spare and one thing is for certain, he is just as happy to be a member of the Vikings as they are to have him.
— Moritz Boehringer (@MoBoehringer) May 3, 2016
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