German receiver Böhringer visits with Packers

Weston Hodkiewicz
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The Green Bay Packers have boarded the Moritz Böhringer hype train.

The Packers hosted the intriguing German receiving prospect on a visit last week. In addition to Green Bay, Böhringer told that he has met with Kansas City, Minnesota and Los Angeles with upcoming visits planned in Seattle, New Orleans, Atlanta and Carolina.

Böhringer, 22, has become a pre-draft darling following an impressive pro day at Florida Atlantic University on March 31. The 6-foot-4, 227-pound receiver clocked a 4.43-second time in the 40-yard dash with a 39-inch vertical, 10-foot-11 broad jump, 6.65 time in the three-cone drill and 17 bench reps of 225 pounds.

His numbers closely mirror what Packers third-year Jeff Janis posted at the NFL scouting combine in 2014. The Saginaw Valley State standout ran a 4.42 time in the 40 with a 37½ vertical, 10-1 broad jump, 6.64 time in the three-cone drill and 20 bench press reps. It was enough for the Packers to draft him in the seventh round (236th overall).

Böhringer, who began playing football five years ago, told his passion for the game came from watching YouTube videos of Vikings running back Adrian Peterson. He was the German Football League rookie of the year in 2015 after catching 59 passes for 1,232 yards and 13 touchdowns in 16 games for the Schwäbisch Hall Unicorns.

Despite the prodigious size and measurables, Böhringer likely faces a steep transition to the NFL. One personnel executive told last week that Böhringer could require at least a year on a practice squad to catch up to speed on the game and level of competition. Another said the GFL, which allows only two American roster exemptions, is comparable to the competition at the Canadian college level.

Seventy players born in Germany have played at least one regular-season game in the NFL, according to Pro Football Reference. If Böhringer gets drafted, he’d be the first German-born player to get taken without playing collegiate football in the United States. Otherwise, he'll likely be a coveted undrafted free agent given his makeup.

The Packers know how difficult it is to develop a prospect from a lower tier of competition after drafting Janis out of the NCAA Division II ranks two years ago. While he’s developed into a solid special-teamer, Janis remains a work in progress as a receiver.

He broke out for seven catches for 145 yards and two touchdowns in the Packers’ 26-20 playoff loss to Arizona in January, but has only four catches for 95 yards in 19 regular-season contests. and follow him on Twitter @WesHod.

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