Minnesota Vikings cut ties with German receiver Moritz Böhringer

According to Fansided, the Minnesota Vikings have waived German wide receiver Moritz Böhringer who is the first NFL player ever drafted straight out of Europe.

With the preseason over, the Minnesota Vikings have to get down to a 53-man roster. In efforts to get closer to that number they released their first wide receiver today. It was not one of their rookies either. The first one to go was Moritz Böhringer from Germany. In the final preseason game of the year, a 30-9 loss to the Miami DolphinsBöhringer had one catch for six yards after sitting out game three.

Böhringer was drafted by the Vikings in the sixth round of the 2016 NFL draft. He was the first player ever drafted from Europe without playing college football first.

Not all observers believed in the Vikings draft choice in 2016. Dominique Clare of Fansided:

To put it bluntly, it was a bad draft choice by the Vikings. The only positive to drafting him was the fact that he ran 4.4 40-yard dash and measured at 6-foot-4, 229 pounds. Outside of that he may have been the most raw player to ever be on an NFL roster.

Böhringer, who had only played a year of football at the top level in Germany before 2016,  was a sensation at the Florida Atlantic Pro Day. He was drafted in the sixth round of the 2016 NFL Draft by the Vikings but ended up on the practice squad for the rest of the season last year.

 

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