Germany’s Moritz Boehringer Stuns NFL Scouts At Florida Atlantic Pro Day

According to Andy Fenelon of NFL.com, not only did German wide receiver Moritz Boehringer impress scouts at the Florida Atlantic Pro Day Thursday, he blew them away.

As mentioned yesterday, Boehringer was somewhat of a sleeper going into the FAU Pro Day. No longer.

Followed by hordes of football scouts as he worked out, Boehringer more than lived up to the hype surrounding him from the moment he stepped on the field.

By the end of his workout, he had some believing he could be taken as high as the fourth round in the NFL Draft coming up later this month.

His numbers had scouts laughing and shaking their heads. He ran a 4.43-second 40-yard dash, had a vertical of 39 inches, a 10′ 11″broad jump, a 4.10-second short shuttle, 11.15 second 60-yard shuttle, and a stunning 6.65 second three-cone drill which had some scouts drooling. He also bench pressed the 225 lb on the barbell 17 times. All of these numbers would have put him among the top five wide receivers who tested at the NFL Scouting Combine in February.

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Keep in mind that his 40 time on grass translates to 4.39 on turf. That would have tied him for second among all receivers at the combine.

The most amazing thing is that he is 6’4 1/2″, 225 lb, the size of a tight end and not a speedy wideout.

In other words, he is almost a hybrid receiver. Not many to compare him to.

But it was not just his numbers that impressed the throngs of experts looking on. His field drills were almost equally impressive. He caught every ball thrown to him, some of which were borderline wild. He had no problems getting free from press coverage and when coached to block as a tight end, picked it up without a hitch.

“I came here today knowing what I needed to do,” the ultra-quiet Boehringer said in perfect English after his pro day. “But I didn’t realize there was going to be so many people watching me.”

Of course,  he was peppered with questions afterwards in the locker room and apparently several teams are now seriously interested as the word spread during his workout. It looks like most interest came from the Patriots, Packers, Vikings, Broncos and Chiefs.

Boehringer’s agent, Kyle Stongin, was busy to say the least as teams began to realize that German receiver might not be available as a free agent after the draft. There was some speculation that he might be drafted even higher than the fourth round.

Boehringer was at the Florida Atlantic Pro Day as he has been training at XPE Sports Academy in Boca Raton. XPE specializes in NFL Combine and Pro Training.

According to Mike Kaye of Florida’s First Coast News, not only did he grab the interest of local football reporters but he had an entourage of foreign media following him. Boehringer attracted media from England, New Zealand and his own backyard. The group of foreign reporters were eager to track his entire performance as he took part in everything from speed to receiving to blocking drills

Fast rise from obscurity to spotlight

Two years ago, Boehringer was dominating opponents playing for the Crailsheim Titans in the lower rungs of American football in Germany. He was discovered by Siegfried Gehrke, head coach of the Schwäbisch Hall Unicorns of the German top league. Gehrke, one of the most seasoned and successful head coaches in Germany, recognized his value early on and turned Boehringer into a valuable tool in the team’s run to the German Bowl in 2015. Interestingly, Boehringer was not even the leading receiver on his team in 2015. That honor went to Patrick Donahue (Southern Oregon).

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