Minnesota Vikings Draft Moritz Boehringer, Who Is First Player Taken Straight Out Of Europe

By Jason Shawley

The Minnesota Vikings did something that’s never been done before today as they selected a player straight from Europe in the sixth round of the 2016 NFL Draft.

Moritz Boehringer, a 6-foot-4, 227-pound wide receiver played for Germany’s Schwäbisch Hall Unicorns last season and made quite an impression on NFL scouts. He may be the one who starts an international pipeline between the NFL and Europe.

Boehringer was introduced to American football in 2012 when he saw clips of Adrian Peterson doing what Adrian Peterson does best on YouTube, and immediately became a die-hard fan of the Minnesota Vikings. Needless to say, Saturday was a dream come true for the 22-year-old.

He showcased his measurable skills for NFL scouts at Florida Atlantic‘s pro day on March 30 and turned a lot of heads. Boehringer registered a vertical jump of 39 inches and was officially clocked at 4.41 seconds and 4.51 seconds in the 40-yard dash. Not too shabby. In fact, the last receiver who was 6-foot-4 or taller and weighing 225 pounds or more to run a 40-yard dash in 4.45 seconds or less was Calvin Johnson at the NFL scouting combine nine years ago.

Boehringer wasn’t the only receiver the Vikings took in this week’s draft. They selected Ole MissLaquon Treadwell with the 23rd overall pick on Thursday night.

It’s still going to be a difficult road for Boehringer and he certainly won’t be guaranteed a spot on the 53-man roster in September, but his skills and NFL frame will give him a great opportunity to play at football’s highest level.

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