Moritz Boehringer dominated the German Football League in 2015 and now the Vikings reportedly have shown interest.
Last year the Vikings took a shot with massive Polish offensive tackle Babatunde Aiyeugbusi, and it looks like Minnesota may once again be pondering bringing over a European player with unusual physical tools.
According to a report from NFL.com, the Vikings are among several NFL teams taking a good long look at German Football League star wide-out Moritz Boehringer.
The 22-year-old Boehringer is 6-4, 222 pounds and reportedly runs a 4.39 40 and has a 37-inch vertical. Boehringer only took up football four years ago but is already dominating the German Football League. In his rookie season in 2015, he had 70 catches for 1,461 yards and 16 touchdowns. For whatever those numbers are worth.
Boehringer is set to workout Thursday at FAU pro day. Reportedly, the Vikings set up a meeting with Boehringer Wednesday night. Unlike Babatune Aiyeugbusi, Boehringer is young enough to still have draft eligibility, so he would have to go through the draft process. The Cardinals, Packers and Broncos are also reportedly interested in Boehringer.
This highlight reel may give one a sense of why people are intrigued by Boehringer.
As we learned with the Babs experiment last year, just because a player can dominate in some European league, that doesn’t mean he has anything like the skills necessary to play in the NFL. We saw tapes last year of Babs absolutely destroying physically over-matched players in Europe, but he got into an NFL training camp and couldn’t even make the practice squad.
In other words, I’d be hesitant to make too much of these stories of Boehringer’s dominance in Europe, where the level of competition isn’t even up to the standards of American college football. That being said, if a man is 6-4, 222-pounds and can run a sub-4.4 forty and jump 37 inches in the air and he shows any skill at catching footballs, you at least have to do your due diligence on that player, as it appears the Vikings and other teams are.