FILE - In this Nov. 8, 2015, file photo, Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer looks on before the second half of an NFL football game against the St. Louis Rams, in Minneapolis. The Vikings have the 23rd pick in the first round in next week's NFL draf
Ann Heisenfelt, File
April 30, 2016

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) The Minnesota Vikings have made German wide receiver Moritz Boehringer the first player drafted straight into the NFL from Europe.

The Vikings took the 22-year-old Boehringer in the sixth round Saturday with the 180th overall selection. The 6-foot-4, 229-pound Boehringer put on a head-turning performance in March at Florida Atlantic's pro workout day, running the 40-yard dash in 4.43 seconds. Only three wide receivers at the league's scouting combine in February ran faster.

Boehringer didn't play competitive American football until 2013. He moved up to the German Football League in 2015 and played 21 games for the Schwabisch Hall Unicorns, totaling 16 touchdown receptions and an average of 20.9 yards per catch.



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