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Moritz Boehringer has visited with Chiefs, Packers, Vikings

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  • By Andy Fenelon
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Moritz Boehringer, the German wide receiver who put himself on the NFL map with a head-turning pro day on March 31, was asked to describe his short stay in the United States over the last month and a half.

"It's been crazy," he said on his visit to NFL Media headquarters in Culver City, Calif., on Monday. "Everything has happened so fast. Everything has changed."

It's been a whirlwind for Boehringer since his pro day. Last week, he was in Kansas City, Minneapolis and Green Bay for team visits. On Monday and Tuesday, he spent time getting to know the Rams in Los Angeles. On Wednesday, he will fly to Seattle to visit with Seahawks officials. And next week, it's off to New Orleans, Atlanta and Carolina.

Somehow he was able to fit in a second open workout last Friday with receivers coaches from nine NFL teams who wanted a second look at his route-running. Also in attendance was Pro Football Hall of Fame coach Bill Parcells. "I wasn't so sure who he was," the 22-year-old receiver admitted.

But all 32 NFL teams sure know who Boehringer is by now. There still isn't a consensus on what type of receiver he is or who he could become. Some teams believe his stock has risen so high that he could be an early third-day draft selection (Rounds 4-5). But at least one NFL evaluator who saw the German work out thinks Boehringer will need at least two years to develop on someone's practice squad, with "no promises beyond that."

On the Move The Sticks Podcast, in which Boehringer was a guest this week, former NFL scouts Daniel Jeremiah and Bucky Brooks compared the wide receiver to the New York Jets' Eric Decker and former Tennessee Titans WR Drew Bennett.

The Vikings appear to be paying the closest attention to Boehringer. They were the only team to visit with him before his pro day at Florida Atlantic, and they introduced him to quarterback Teddy Bridgewater during his visit to the team's Eden Prairie facility last week.

It would be an interesting fit for Boehringer, who was introduced to the game of football only five years ago by watching YouTube clips of Adrian Peterson -- "I loved how he ran with violence," Boehringer said. He chose 84 as his number in the German Football League because of Randy Moss.

Boehringer won't admit that landing with the Vikings would be a dream scenario. His goals are much simpler.

"I just want to get drafted," he said. "I don't care what round or by what team. I just want to hear my name called. It's been a dream of mine to play in the NFL."

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