Moritz Boehringer goes to Vikings in sixth round

Moritz Boehringer got his first exposure to the NFL in Germany by watching a video of Adrian Peterson online when he was 17.

Now they’re going to be teammates with the Vikings.

Boehringer started playing the sport and became a wide receiver in the German league, impressed scouts and then landed on the draft radar with an impressive pro day workout at Florida Atlantic University earlier this year. The Vikings made Boehringer the first player drafted directly from Europe with the 181st pick.

The selection came shortly after Boehringer appeared on NFL Network and talked about the Vikings being his favorite team. Mike Mayock said that Vikings coach Mike Zimmer should call him so he could talk up Boehringer and Zimmer did give Mayock a buxz a short time later.

One imagines the Vikings were already considering Boehringer, who makes for a big target at 6’4″ and 225 pounds. He ran well at the pro day workout, so there’s a lot of raw material to work with. With four years of football experience in Europe, raw might not be a strong enough word so it’s up in the air where things will go from here.

That doesn’t make the story any less enjoyable on a Saturday afternoon.

[Photo credit: Vikings on Twitter]

97 responses to “Moritz Boehringer goes to Vikings in sixth round

  1. With any luck, he could be the next Babatunde Aiyegbusi.

    Seriously though, this guy is more raw than Cordarrelle Patterson when he came out. What’s the difference between them?

    Cute story, but this is going to go the way of every other guy with great measurables and no experience.

  2. Seriously though, this guy is more raw than Cordarrelle Patterson when he came out. What’s the difference between them?

    5 rounds, and the chance to develop before everyone calls you a bust…

    They were joking about it on air, but it wouldn’t surprise me if they tried him at a different position. He’s literally so raw that you can do anything with him. Should actually be an interesting preseason storyline for once.

  3. The guard picked earlier named Willie Beavers might have one of the best draft names ever.

  4. Meh, that behemoth of a polish tackle didn’t work out so well. That rugby player for the 49ers sucks. I doubt this dude will ever see meaningful playing time. USA has the best athletes in the world, especially when it comes to football.

  5. This speaks volumes to the world expansion of the NFL. Football leagues are across the globe. This young man might not amount to much in the league but check back in 10 years from now as the European countries set up their football academies and their kids are professionals in academies training only in football by 10 years old just like other sports.

  6. If he puts in the hard work and has been dreaming of this day for 5 years he can become someone. I think a lot of teams had this guy on their radar.

  7. mnfan60 says:

    Wow, never has the jealousy been so obvious from packers fans.

    Inferiority complex. Hopefully, they’ll get used to their bleak outlook as they continue plummeting down the NFCN…

  8. tjacks7 says:
    Apr 30, 2016 4:18 PM
    Seriously though, this guy is more raw than Cordarrelle Patterson when he came out. What’s the difference between them?

    ——-
    Patterson was a first round draft pick, Boehringer was a sixth-rounder. Boehringer is smart and driven, Patterson is not.

    Despite not living up to the first-round WR expectations, its hard to ignore the impact Patterson has on special teams. If Boehringer puts out similar production in his first 4 years, whether it be on special teams or as a WR, he would be considered a great 6th round pick by anyone’s standard.

  9. universalchurchoftruth says:
    Apr 30, 2016 5:16 PM

    Saw Zimmer on NFL Network after this pick. I just love his and what he is doing with the Vikings.
    ———————-

    Again I have to ask, why?

  10. wafflestomp says:
    Apr 30, 2016 5:34 PM
    universalchurchoftruth says:
    Apr 30, 2016 5:16 PM

    Saw Zimmer on NFL Network after this pick. I just love his persona and what he is doing with the Vikings.
    ———————-

    Again I have to ask, why?

    ÷÷÷÷÷÷÷÷÷÷
    Why? Because he has totally changed the culture of the entire franchise and dramatically improved the team in only two seasons as HC. Something so simple to figure out shouldn’t have to be asked twice, let alone once.

  11. Again I have to ask, why?

    Not that hard to see why, if you open your eyes.

    Great coach with a young team that will be relevant for a very, very long time. Very refreshing for those of us who suffered through Chilly and Frazier.

  12. I just saw Patterson in a Luggage store in St. Paul buying suitcases.
    His problem is he is all physical, and either has nothing between his ears, or is too lazy to put in the work.

  13. Two picks in the 6th round, why not take a flyer on a WR that’s raw and has upside? That’s what the last 2 rounds are for, unless a team is drafting a kicker.

    And more important, I’m very glad that the parents of our new OG didn’t name him Harry.

  14. Four years in another professional league, why is he in the draft? Shouldn’t he be eligible to sign as a free agent? They’re not drafting CFL players?

  15. It’s hard to trade players when a team knows your probably going to cut them loose, like Greg Jennings, or Johnny Manziel.

    Besides if your going to look for a KR why not just draft one in on the 2nd or 3rd day where they normally go. Even though it may be a small chance, they may actually be able to play WR at the NFL level. Unlike Patterson, besides Honey Badger and Peterson are all ready their great special teams player, even though they may not want to risk injury. Patterson isn’t worth a roster spot for just KR.

  16. “Teutonic Terror” anyone?

    I took the time to check out his Youtube highlights. Calling this guy raw is like calling baby poo unpleasant.

  17. Did I hear someone say “inferiority complex”? That’s always been a descriptor of Vikings’ fans and explains why they are so defensive and thin-skinned. Plus, the Vikings are an inferior football team when it comes to championships.

  18. Slick Rick and Zimmer hit it out of the park again this year. The combination of Zimmer’s vast defensive mind, coupled with Slick Rick to find these gems, while being able to land Treadwell in the 1st round, has placed the Vikings, ONCE AGAIN, as the hunted.

    This is not the Childress regime or the Frazier fiasco.

    The Vikes seized control of their division in just Zimmer’s 2nd year, while our little brother’s to the southeast lament with the fact that they didn’t even win a home division game last year.

    It is a race for 2nd for the bears, lions, and packers, we have blown our competition away, while in a growth stage.

    Erin is one year older, and they haven’t been able to find a guy on defense that can tackle a 34 year old WR in Fitzgerald. They have issues!

    2016 is gonna be fun for Vikes fans!!!!!!

  19. Zimmer’s stellar mark of 3-12 against teams with a .500 record or better doesn’t exactly send chills throughout the NFC North.
    It is the worst mark of any head coach over the last 2 seasons.

    To clarify, just about any time the Minnesota Child Abusers line up against any average/good team they’re likely to lose.

    But hey, everybody has their own opinion of success.
    If you’re fine with it, so be it.
    I’m sure everyone in the conference is hoping for Zim to have a a long and mediocre tenure.

  20. wafflestomp says:
    Apr 30, 2016 8:22 PM
    Zimmer’s stellar mark of 3-12 against teams with a .500 record or better doesn’t exactly send chills throughout the NFC North.
    ————————-
    You might not be worried about Zimmer and the Vikings taking over the NFCN, and thats totally fine. My guess is you were not concerned about it last offseason either?

    But my guess is that all of the coaches in the league, especially those in the NFCN, hold a great deal of respect for what Zimmer has done with the Vikings over his first two seasons.

  21. While a great story, I hope everyone knows this guy will rarely see the field. But will still be better than Patterson, who is for some reason still on the roster. Anyone can catch a kickoff with today’s rules. Yet he’s still “valuable” so I would temper my expectations with WR’s on this team. Kudos on Treadwell though. He should be a beast if Teddy can find him.

  22. Hey GB choker fans….what’s it like to take the 18th rated D tackle in the first round??

    Must be a good feeling.

    Watching all those great LBs go by…and then TT takes that stiff.

    Ha ha. Funny stuff.

    4 of our draft choices were in the top 100 of 6 different publications. Treadwell, Alexander, Brothers, and Kearse.

    That’s how you draft.

  23. I thought the draft went well. Glad Laquan was available. He’s already been working out with Hall of Fame WR Cris Carter. Alexander was excellent value. I was hoping for Billings over Beaver but time will tell. TE and LB depth. I felt safety should have been addressed earlier, but Kearse is a physical stud. Hope Zimmer can get him to play like one. Moritz is the feel good story of the draft! I’m sure gb fans will enjoy watching that NFL Network promo, with Mayock, the Viking War Room and Boehringer over and over. I’m smiling just thinking about it.

  24. greenbaylibrarybreathalyzer says:
    Apr 30, 2016 10:04 PM

    Hey GB choker fans….what’s it like to take the 18th rated D tackle in the first round??

    Must be a good feeling.

    Watching all those great LBs go by…and then TT takes that stiff.

    Ha ha. Funny stuff.

    4 of our draft choices were in the top 100 of 6 different publications. Treadwell, Alexander, Brothers, and Kearse.

    That’s how you draft.
    ==================================

    The way you draft is by having great scouts and personnel with knowledge of players, not by looking at publications or someone else’s rankings (Clark, btw, was nowhere near as low as the 18th rated DT).

    And no one has a clue as to how good your draft is for a few years. Having 4 guys in the top 100 of 6 publications means absolutely zero if they don’t pan out.

    And speaking of chokers, go no further than the Minnesota Vikings. Choked in every Super Bowl, and blew it in their last 5 NFC Championship Games. Some teams occasionally choke. The Vikings have made it their legacy.

  25. bridgeh2o says:
    Apr 30, 2016 8:11 PM

    Slick Rick and Zimmer hit it out of the park again this year.
    ==================================

    That’s really good- because the Vikings’ staff has no idea if they hit out of the park, and chances are you’ve seen very little of the guys that they drafted and know even less about them. There’s not a single team that knows how well they’ve done at this point.

  26. Another viking A+ draft. There’s gonna be tears rollin out of A-Rod just like favres first yr with us. :). Ive always said, idiots run in packs! Gl getting by zimmers scheme. I know in going too enjoy the games. 🙂

  27. stellarperformance says:
    Apr 30, 2016 5:37 PM
    Congratulations to the Vikings. I mean it. I’d love to see this kid make it.

    In its’ quest for globalization, I think the NFL would like to see it to. Absolute best case scenario, the guy does really well and does for American Football what Yao Ming did for Chinese basketball. Worst case is that he’s cut in camp, and goes back to Europe with NFL stories to tell aspiring players. And all it took was a 6th rounder.

  28. Would be surprised if he did any better than the practice squad this year, but if he is willing to put in the work, he has all the tools to be a very effective receiver.

  29. This is a great story. He seems like a really nice kid with lots of raw talent. If anyone can get the best out of him, it’s Coach Zimmer. Congratulations, Mo! Welcome to the Vikings! SKOL!!!

  30. Minnesota Vikings THE WORLDS TEAM!
    You cannot believe the support for Minnesota coming
    out of the UK right now! Twitter is blowing up with
    how many are calling the Vikings their favorite NFL team. Minnesota may have to Franchise over there!
    Great pick, showing another brilliant A+ Draft.
    Plus 2 extra mid round picks that Spielman will use next year to gain another 1st round draft.
    This team is stocking players in positions of future need. All positions of need are covered.
    All you fans of the rest of the NFC North just HAVE to be seething with jealousy and hate!!
    I’m Lovin’ It!!!

  31. greenbaylibrarybreathalyzer says:
    Apr 30, 2016 10:04 PM
    Hey GB choker fans….what’s it like to take the 18th rated D tackle in the first round??

    Must be a good feeling.

    Watching all those great LBs go by…and then TT takes that stiff.

    Ha ha. Funny stuff.

    4 of our draft choices were in the top 100 of 6 different publications. Treadwell, Alexander, Brothers, and Kearse.

    That’s how you draft.

    ——————————

    Seriously, that’s how you draft?
    Well, why even bother with mundane tasks like film study, personal interviews and outdated positions like scouts and GMs?
    All you have to do is pick up the latest mock draft from your favorite talking head.
    Thanks for finally blowing the lid off the mystery of NFL personnel decisions and drafting 101.
    I mean, it’s that easy, huh?
    Everbody can do it.

    Come back and talk to me after these high ranking stiffs end up playing like Bridgewater, Sharrif Floyd and Flash Patterson.
    skoLOL @ your silly and stupid post.

  32. greenbaylibrarybreathalyzer says:
    Apr 30, 2016 10:04 PM
    4 of our draft choices were in the top 100 of 6 different publications.
    ///////////////////////////

    Of course they were. The Vikngs always win the off-season championship…..on paper.

  33. NFC North Champs… Feels good to say. This team is looking good. Packers fans should feel good too. It’s gonna be a fun rivalry for years to come.

  34. Yes, it’s a great story. And i truly hope he excels, but easy with the hyperbole. lol. The Patriots won the SB with 4 players they picked from the Patterson trade. 4 players for one dude that doesnt even start. Ouch. Not a great move, Mr. Spielman.

    TT has never bungled a pick like that. Harrell didnt pan out. Datone could be better. but be honest with yourselves. I mean, we know the truth. Saying otherwise won’t change the facts.

    The Green Bay Packers are the standard all other NFC North teams base their expectations. Fact. BE angry. Be in denial. Makes no difference. Our goal is to win. Your goal is to beat us.

  35. stevent92 says:
    May 1, 2016 1:41 AM
    I bet he wont tear an ACL on a routine catch like that Jordy guy did.
    __________

    What Jordy guy are you talking about? Certainly not Nelson, because he didn’t get injured during the catch.

    The move he attempted to put on the defender did cause the injury, but you just worry about keeping with the Vikings fans tradition and pretending you know what you’re talking about.

  36. wafflestomp says: Apr 30, 2016 5:34 PM

    universalchurchoftruth says:
    Apr 30, 2016 5:16 PM

    Saw Zimmer on NFL Network after this pick. I just love his and what he is doing with the Vikings.
    ———————-

    Again I have to ask, why?
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    UMM.. because he took the Division away from GB
    for one, Minnesota has rebuilt the team from the ground up in 3 years, He put them in the Playoffs, and has met every one of the challenges and Goals put in front of him by the owner and GM.
    If you have to ask again it is clear you either can’t understand basic common sense,
    OR YOUR JUST A TROUBLE MAKING TROLL.
    Be careful with the answer because we tend to ignore Trolls and let them prove they are morons.

  37. I just wonder why there are no Green Bay Stories?
    Could it be another D- Draft? You certainly showed your teams depth problems last year after a few starters got hurt. One Lineman was so afraid of Minnesota he decided to retire instead of
    looking at the Stars while getting put on his back after every play.
    Welcome to the Minnesota threads, it is where all the excitement and worthy stories in the NFCN will be!

  38. 3-12 against average/good teams.
    I’m not making these numbers up.

    He’s beaten Atlanta, KC and Green Bay in 2 seasons.
    As I’ve stated before, if this is how you define success, so be it.
    But, you’ll never win an NFL Championship with results like this because almost every team that makes the post season is a good/great team.

    I honestly just don’t understand how your fans shower this guy with praise when he really hasn’t accomplished anything when you dig into the numbers.
    It’s not trolling, it’s the truth.

  39. Bears, Cowboys, Dolphins and 49ers are all pretty popular teams in the UK. The Vikings hardly register a blip.

    Of course Vikings’ fans are giving their draft an A+. They do this every year as they claim the mythical offseason championship, as they are at it again.

    The funny thing is that experts don’t even know how well anyone’s draft is yet, because no one has even hit the field- most Vikings fans haven’t even seen Treadwell play, and haven’t even heard the names of the other guys drafted until this weekend.

    The Vikings’ fans are just irrationally over-exuberant because they finally won the division after 7 years (and then promptly lost in the playoffs, adding to their all-time record of playoff losses).

    But hey, “you gotta get their to lose” they’ll tell you.

    And that they do. More often than anyone else.

  40. Funny to see a Bears fan defending the Packers. He has damsel in distress syndrome and thinks they can’t do it alone, while his team isn’t even relevant.

  41. wafflestomp says:
    May 1, 2016 4:55 PM
    3-12 against average/good teams.
    I’m not making these numbers up.
    He’s beaten Atlanta, KC and Green Bay in 2 seasons.

    ——-
    So just to clarify, what do you consider average? I would think average teams would include those with records in the 7-9 8-8 range?

    So these teams don’t count?
    Jets 2014 (8-8)
    Panthers 2014 (7-9, playoffs)

    Detroit 2015 twice (7-9, would have been 8-8 and swept the packers if not for a pathetic PI call)
    St. Louis 2015 (7-9)
    Oakland 2015 (7-9)
    Atlanta 2015 (8-8)

    So lets think about this, we won only 2 games against average or good teams his first year, then we won 8 games against average or good teams his second year, while losing only 1 game to a team with a losing record. Of the other five losses, three of them were within 3 pts (at Denver, the Super Bowl champs; at arizona, you know, the team that took out the packers in the playoffs in epic fashion; and at home against the seahawks, a game that should have been won)

    How many games did GB lose last year to teams with losing records? I’ll give you a hint, its twice as many as the Vikings did.

    I didn’t think I needed to mention it, but perhaps I do, seeing as how you really can’t understand why Vikings fans like Zim. Zimmer took a 31st ranked defense and made them a top five in two years.

    Any other questions?

  42. mnfan60, I’ve clearly stated that I was referring to teams that had a .500 record or better.

    Since you seem to have a small problem with reading comprehension, that would be teams that have achieved at least an 8-8 record.
    I would consider any team under .500 to be a below average/bad team.
    And in the interest of facts, the 2014 Jets finished with a 4-12 record.
    And it took OT for your team to beat them.

    Listen, success is measured in a myriad of ways and if beating a handful of 7-9 teams, while losing almost all of your match ups against good teams is significant to you, great.
    But most of us would like to see more from our team and their coaches.

    I deal with facts.
    You can disagree with me all day long, but give me some kind of meaningful and fact based argument to do so.

  43. mnfan60 says:
    May 1, 2016 6:30 PM
    How many games did GB lose last year to teams with losing records? I’ll give you a hint, its twice as many as the Vikings did.
    /////////////////////////////////////////////

    I understand your enthusiasm and your optimism and your inclination to assume the Vikings have “arrived.”

    But until the Vikings have demonstrated an ability to achieve the level of success they enjoyed last year for another two, three, or more years, it’s called “flash in the pan.”

    Good luck. The Packers haven’t gone anywhere.

  44. It’s not so much defending the Packers than it is pointing out when Vikings’ fans say dumb things. It just happens that most of the dumb things Vikings’ fans say are about the Packers.

  45. waffle stomp

    I deal with facts.
    You can disagree with me all day long, but give me some kind of meaningful and fact based argument to do so.
    ——
    Thats fair. Here’s a fact then. During the regular season last year, Greenbay beat the same amount of teams with a record or 8-8 or better as did the Vikings (3). They also lost to more teams with a losing record. The difference in the playoffs was a 27 yard field goal.

    So if I have understood you correctly, 3 wins against .500+ teams during the regular season is not enough to be proud of a team or to recognize them as being one of the better teams in the league? If so, how do you explain the 2010 packers? If I’m not mistaken, that is exactly how the packer’s regular season went when they won the Super Bowl.

    Perhaps its possible to judge the talent and potential of a team, especially an up and coming one such as the Vikings, on how they play the best teams in the league, rather than the outcome of the game. In 2014, the Vikings came really close to beating a lot of average teams (my standards), while losing to all of the great teams, finishing with a 7-9 record. In 2015, the vikings beat all of the average teams, and came really close (often within 3 pts) of beating the great teams, finishing with a 11-6 record. Do you see any kind of pattern here?

    The real difference between the Vikings and the Packers is that the Vikings showed obvious improvement from their 2014 season, while the Packers did the exact opposite.

  46. ariani1985-

    Thanks for letting me know who won the draft. I hadn’t even seen the standings.

  47. The real difference between the Vikings and the Packers is that the Vikings showed obvious improvement from their 2014 season, while the Packers did the exact opposite.
    _______________________

    The Vikings get a playoff birth and win 11 games last year, while winning 12 the previous two seasons before, thats improvement, but Theodore didn’t improve and that would concern me if I were a Vikings fan. Especially with Peterson getting older. Who was missed a year and Viking fans understand what its like to not have one of your most dynamic players available.

    Speaking of which…. without one of the best 5 WRs in the NFL all season, a RB that didn’t have his focus where it needed to be, and trying to make changes (Playcalling) that didn’t work out for the better, any sane Packer fans will tell you they, had a down year.

    I don’t think they are in the free fall mode you seem to claim them to be in, because instead of being in the NFC Championship, the Packers made it to OT of a game with for a chance to go to the NFC Championship.

  48. frank booth says:
    May 1, 2016 8:18 PM

    It’s not so much defending the Packers than it is pointing out when Vikings’ fans say dumb things. It just happens that most of the dumb things Vikings’ fans say are about the Packers
    ——————-
    Mr. Telekinesis

    All fan bases have over exuberant fans that post comments like this. Just check the Kenny Clark thread to see posts about him being the best DL in this draft and of TT being a genius. The question is why do you only single out Viking fans for doing it?

  49. frank booth says:
    May 1, 2016 5:24 PM
    Bears, Cowboys, Dolphins and 49ers are all pretty popular teams in the UK. The Vikings hardly register a blip.
    ======
    Here are the top 5 NFL Jersey Sales in London. 1 out of 5 is not bad I guess.

    Patriots
    Packers
    Giants
    Dolphins
    Redskins

  50. shlort says:
    Apr 30, 2016 4:58 PM

    Seems like a gimmicky pick.
    ))))))))))))))))))))))))))

    New to football I guess. 6’4″ 225 running a 4.4 is a gimmick the NFL scouts routinely like. Go troll elsewhere.

  51. ariani1985 says:
    May 1, 2016 9:27 PM
    Notice my team won the draft and the packers ranked 30th!
    //////////////////////////////////////

    arianal…..I don’t know where you get your information, but does it really matter?

    The important thing is; the Vikings have apparently once again won the off-season championship.

    Congratulations….again.

  52. cheeseisfattening says:
    May 1, 2016 9:58 PM
    All fan bases have over exuberant fans that post comments like this. Just check the Kenny Clark thread to see posts about him being the best DL in this draft and of TT being a genius
    //////////////////////////////////

    I did as you suggested. I found one personal opinion stating Clark was the best DL in the draft. One.

    I found no one claiming Ted Thompson was a genius.

    You know what I did find? I found twenty-six out of forty-six replies came from Viking trolls.

  53. I guess we shouldn’t be surprised that trolls show up on what’s supposed to be a feel good story. Regardless, congratulations to this young man, and I agree with the above comments that the rivalry between Minnesota and Green Bay will be only further increased by GB wanting the NFCN back. As a Vikings fan the packers are still scary as long as Rodgers is under center. Should be a good series.

  54. The feel good story of Day 3 of the draft. The first German league draft pick on the NFL goes on to fame and fortune as a Viking. The only thing missing from this fairy tale is a fairy tale ending of a Superbowl ring. But this is the Vikings and reality has to enter into it at some point.

  55. This guy has never been hit by anything close to an NFL Safety. Once he gets his clock cleaned a few times in the preseason, he’ll be running, or carried, to the nearest airport to get back to the homeland.

  56. By drafting him the Vikings have right to sign him and keep him from going to any other team by putting him on the practice squad if he’s not ready. He’s got the raw talent, and now he’s got plenty of time to be coached up on the rest of the game. There are many players that didn’t start playing football until College that have done well in the NFL. It doesn’t take a lifetime to learn football, especially if someone is bright and motivated to do so, as this kid obviously is. Diggs was a 5th round pick and he’s now a starter, don’t assume a 6th round pick with even more raw potential can’t make the same jump. But even if he doesn’t this year, it doesn’t matter, we’ve got time on our side.

    Packers are just jealous because he’s already better than all but one of their WRs.

  57. This guy has Chris Walsh written all over him. He’ll earn a spot on the roster with his work ethic. Probably could have gotten him as an undrafted free agent.

  58. I find it funny that some people believe the USA is the only Country in the World that can produce World class Athletes!
    He may be converted into an ILB, or a Safety.
    With his physical gifts, and the fact Minnesota is getting pretty stocked in most positions, in a year or two, he could be the poster boy of how to Draft Talent outside the USA. Introducing the Minnesota Vikings, the new “Worlds Team”

  59. In a Harris Poll in 2015, the Packers (2) and Bears (7) and Lions (20) all ranked higher than the Vikings in popularity in the US.

    The Vikings were 23rd. As far as the world goes, I’ll bet they’re a big hit with the Norwegians.

  60. I hear Greg Jennings wants back on this team. He would have been a better choice than this German flag football star.

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