The Vikings just picked one of the most interesting players in the draft, selecting German wide receiver Moritz Boehringer in the sixth round.
Boehringer first started playing competitive “American football” in 2013 after watching highlights of running back Adrian Peterson online. Two years later, he was the German Football League’s rookie of the year after catching 70 passes for 1,461 yards and 16 touchdowns.
The 22-year-old, who is listed at 6-foot-4 and 225 pounds, ran the 40-yard dash in 4.43 seconds at the pro day, recorded a vertical leap of 39 inches and a 10-foot-11 broad jump, and finished the three-cone drill in 6.65 seconds.
Had he been invited to the scouting combine and posted those numbers, he would have ranked among the top five wide receivers in those drills.
It is the second straight year that the Vikings added a European prospect.
Last year it was Babatunde Aiyegbusi, a 6-foot-9 offensive tackle from Poland who joined the team as an undrafted free agent. Aiyegbusi was cut after the preseason and is now pursuing a career in pro wrestling. Boehringer, despite his limited experience, is a more legitimate prospect.
Boehringer is the second wide receiver selected by the Vikings in this draft. Their top pick was Mississippi’s Laquon Treadwell.