German wide receiver on verge of NFL breakthrough
Moritz Boehringer could be set to break into the NFL, with seven teams thought to be interested in adding the German wide receiver to their rosters in this year’s NFL Draft.
Boehringer came to the notice of NFL scouts last week, with a stunning performance at the Florida Atlantic Pro Day.
At 6-foot-4 and 225 pounds, Boehringer certainly has the size to make a name for himself in the NFL.
He ran a 4.43-second 40-yard dash, had a vertical of 39 inches, produced a 4.10-second short shuttle and a stunning 6.65 second three-cone drill.
The NFL.comís College Football 24/7 say at least seven teams will take a closer look at Boehringer this week, including Chicago Bears, Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos.
Arizona Cardinals’ VP of Player Personnel, Terry McDonough, is also reported to be very impressed with the big German.
NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt, formerly a front-office executive with the Dallas Cowboys, said: “I’d be intrigued, that’s for sure. He’s the kind of guy you rush out and see.”
Boehringer started playing football in 2013, initially with the Crailsheim Titans junior youth team before progressing to German Football League – the country’s top senior level.
In 2015 he was named the GFL’s Rookie of the Year after posting 70 catches for 1,461 yards and 16 touchdowns with the Schwabisch Hall Unicorns.
While NFL teams traditionally focus on the US college system for the next generation of players, there have been a number of international success stories too.
Morten Andersen currently holds the all-time NFL record in points scored by an individual player.
Born in Copenhagen, Denmark, Andersen racked up 2,544 points in 382 games during his 25-year career as a kicker with five different NFL teams.
He earned seven Pro Bowl selections, six All-Pro selections and made both the 1980s and 1990s NFL All-Decade Team.
Gary Anderson also enjoyed a long career in the NFL after moving to the United States from South Africa aged 18.
Anderson is second in the ranks behind Andersen in games played, career points scored and most field goals made.
He was also chosen in the second-team NFL All-Decade in the 1980s and 1990s and was the first kicker in NFL history to record a perfect regular season – making all of his 39 field goal attempts and 59 PAT attempts in 1998.