Moritz Boehringer met Teddy Bridgewater at Winter Park

Jan 3, 2016; Green Bay, WI, USA; An Minnesota Vikings helmet during warmups prior to the game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. Minnesota won 20-13. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 3, 2016; Green Bay, WI, USA; An Minnesota Vikings helmet during warmups prior to the game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. Minnesota won 20-13. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports /
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German sensation Moritz Boehringer visited Winter Park last week and was personally introduced to his possible future quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.

The Minnesota Vikings continue to be out ahead of the pack when it comes to scouting German Football League phenom Moritz Boehringer.

The Vikes were all over Boehringer ahead of his appearance at FAU pro day a couple weeks back, reportedly taking the 22-year-old out to dinner the night before his workout.

That workout, where the 6-4, 222-pound Boehringer posted a 4.38 40 and a 39-inch vertical, catapulted the receiver into the draft spotlight. Last Friday, Boehringer worked out again for a number of teams, running routes and impressing experts.

Even Bill Parcells reportedly showed up to watch Boehringer go through his paces last week. Parcells as we know is a close personal friend of Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer and for all we know may have passed along his own scouting notes on Boehringer to Zim.

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Not that the Vikings need anymore input on Boehringer. They’ve not only scouted him extensively, they’ve also had him into Winter Park for a visit. NFL.com says that during his visit Boehringer met his possible future QB Teddy Bridgewater.

Boehringer told NFL.com that he learned about football just five years ago by watching YouTube clips of Vikings RB Adrian Peterson. He says he picked uniform number 84 because of former Vikings WR Randy Moss.

It seems the admiration may be mutual between Boehringer and the Vikings. But do the Vikes like Boehringer enough to use a draft pick on him?

Boehringer looks impressive on tape but you have to keep in mind that the level of competition in Germany is not exactly high-end. Boehringer has never faced even top-level American college defensive backs, let alone NFL ones.

Boehringer’s physical tools are clearly impressive – how many 6-4 guys can run a 4.3 40 and jump 39 inches? – but not all scouts are entirely sold on him. One expert told NFL.com that Boehringer, who has only been playing football for four years, will need at least two years on a practice squad to get up to speed.

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Despite concerns about his rawness, there are some who are talking about Boehringer as a possible mid-round pick. Would the Vikings be willing to use a fourth or a fifth on a player who will likely not be anything close to ready for at least two years?

Speculating about Boehringer is a lot of fun, and the Vikings are clearly interested, but it is still a very long-shot that he will ever come close to contributing on the field for Minnesota or anyone else. Just slapping an 84 on your back doesn’t make you Randy Moss.