BY: ED COLE
GLENDALE, Ariz. – If a wide receiver catches 70 passes for 1,461 yards and 16 touchdowns in a single season, he’ll definitely catch the attention of NFL teams like the Arizona Cardinals, even if you’re all the way in Germany, like Moritz Boehringer is.
Boehringer is quickly burning up the NFL Draft charts after putting up those numbers last season for Germany’s Schwabisch Hall Unicorns of the German Football League. For those efforts, Boehringer was named the German Football League Rookie of the Year.
It doesn’t stop there for Boehringer. On Thursday, he had his pro day at Florida Atlantic, and he killed it. According to NFL.com’s Andy Fenelon, Boehringer officially ran a 4.43-second 40-yard dash, had a 39 inch vertical, a 10-foot-11 inch broad jump, a 4.10-second short shuttle, an 11.15-second 60-yard shuttle and a 6.65-second three-cone drill. Adding onto all that, Boehringer did 17 presses of 225 pounds on the bench press.
Fenelon says that all those numbers Boehringer put up on Thursday would’ve put him in the top five among all wide receivers who tested at the NFL Scouting Combine. Fenelon says Boehringer caught every single pass that was thrown to him at his pro day – even ones that might have been a bit of a stretch for him to catch.
“I came here today knowing what I needed to do,” Boehringer said after his pro day workout. “But I didn’t realize there was going to be so many people watching me.”
Fenelon says the Patriots, Packers, Vikings, Broncos and Chiefs were extremely interested in Boehringer, and had scouts there asking him questions. AmericanFootballInternational.com has heard that the Cardinals are also interested in what Boehringer has to offer.
With Boehringer’s frame – 6-4 ½ and 227 pounds – he’s not your prototypical wide receiver. He’s more like a wide receiver in a tight end’s body. Fenelon compares Boehringer to two of the younger NFL talents – wide receivers Devin Funchess and Dorial Green-Beckham of the Panthers and Titans, respectively.
“What complicates matters for NFL teams in trying to put a proper grade on Boehringer is that his evaluation is all projection,” Fenelon said. “The level of play, even in Germany’s top league where he dominated last season, is so far below the college level in the U.S. that all tape on him has little value aside from Madden-level entertainment.”