Boehringer, the German wide receiver who became the first player to be drafted out of European league straight to the NFL, signed a contract with the Minnesota Vikingson Monday.
Boehringer, selected in the sixth round (180th overall), is the first rookie from the NFL's 2016 draft class to sign a deal. There's a good reason for it. Boehringer must show proof of employment to obtain a work visa in the United States. Signing his contract puts the wheels in motion on what could be a protracted paperwork process.
Boehringer was the biggest story of the final day of the draft. The 22-year-old German Football League star became interested in football as a teenager after watching a YouTube clip of Adrian Peterson. He adopted the Vikings as his favorite team and now gets the chance to play for them. It's a modern-day märchen.