In-depth scouting report: Minnesota Vikings WR Moritz Boehringer

Moritz Boehringer burst onto the NFL predraft scene as a German prospect, but what exactly is his skill set? Get the scouting report on his athletic ability, route running, acceleration, separation ability, football sense, hands and much more.

Scouting report by Dave-Te’ Thomas, NFL Draft Report

Body Structure: Moritz Boehringer has a tall, angular frame with marginal muscle tone. Even at close to 230 pounds, he appears to be too slender in his chest and shoulders, doubting if his frame could carry additional bulk without losing some of his quickness. He has a small bubble, tight waist, some calf definition, but thin thighs.

Athletic Ability: Boehringer shows enough functional speed and good arm usage to get a clean release off the snap and into his routes. He has good extension going for the off-target throws and smooth change-of-direction agility working underneath. He lacks explosiveness to elude or be a deep threat, but has excellent concentration and natural hands to secure the ball before turning up field. He uses his body well to shield defenders from the ball and has the long stride to run up on a defender when going up the seam. He has the vertical speed to be an NFL deep threat, but as a long-limbed athlete, he does not yet know how to keep the pad level down in order to settle in the soft spot of coverage. He shows above average balance and body control through his route progression and has the change-of-direction agility to escape a crowd.

Football Sense: With Boehringer’s intelligence, there are no concerns about him taking a play from the chalkboard to the field. He speaks several languages and appears to be very capable of retaining plays, according to the organizations that interviewed him. He does a good job of using his hands to defeat the jam. He is a smart and focused athlete with a keen awareness of sidelines and sticks. He shows good concentration skills looking the ball in and is quick to adjust to defensive schemes.

Competitiveness: Boehringer does a very good job of timing his leaps and getting to the jump ball. He shows true courage working in a crowd and uses his body well to shield defenders from the ball. He compensates for a lack of speed with good physicality with his hands, using them effectively to keep press coverage defenders off his body. You will never sense him listening for the defender’s feet when trying to go vertical and make the tough grab.

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Release: Boehringer’s long legs get him into his patterns smoothly. Even at close to 230 pounds, he could use additional bulk and improve his strength, but he uses his hands effectively to defeat the jam. His long arms get him a good release vs. the hold-up and shows good urgency getting into his routes. He shows a quick initial release, but does lack some explosion coming off the line. Because of his size, he can slip past the smaller defenders. With additional strength, he could power his way through the jam at the next level, but does not have that strength yet.

Acceleration: Boehringer presents a nice sized target on slants, hitches and other short routes. He has enough functional strength to get a decent push off the opponent and shows good concentration looking the ball in, especially when working in a crowd. He doesn’t appear to present the deep speed needed to separate in the secondary, even at 4.49 in the 40-yard dash, but he has the loose hips and body contortion agility to maintain balance and somehow find the soft areas on the field. Because of his instincts and long stride, he is able to run up on the defenders. He might not always demonstrate the foot speed to be a home-run threat, but he brings balance, along with a tall frame to make the acrobatic catches and then gain valid yardage after hauling the ball in. He is more of a long strider, but he builds to the acceleration needed to get into the deep secondary. He uses his body well to uncover and uses his long arms to extend and pluck the ball at its high point. He is effective at making the over-the-shoulder grab, but has yet to realize how to use his vertical speed to simply blow past the defender. Yet, he is elusive enough to turn a short pass into a big gain. The thing you see on film is that he excels at making the catch in stride without having to gather and run after he secures the ball.

Route Running: While he is not sudden, Boehringer is very smooth in his patterns. He is a long strider who can stick, weave and leverage the defender effectively to gain leverage. He runs more slants and underneath routes to compensate for his lack of second gear coming out of his breaks. He is a master at recognizing movement though, doing a great job of running up on his man when this happens. He never drops his hands coming out of his breaks, gathering well to make crisp cuts.

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Separation Ability: It is Boehringer’s hip wiggle, lateral movement and deceptive quickness that allow him to separate after the catch. He won’t be capable of putting on the afterburners to leave defenders grasping at air in the NFL, so he needs to compensate with his long stride and hip snap to separate. He just seems to excel at sneaking up on his opponent and while he lacks blazing vertical speed, he uses his body well to elude. Even though he has a smooth running stride, he will need to add more strength in order to separate consistently vs. the more physical NFL cornerbacks. He is the type that relies more on foot quickness in transition to get open, combining that with good weave and leverage to move and create space.

Ball Adjustment: Boehringer excels at catching the ball and not breaking stride. He can extend and reach the ball at its high point and does a fine job of adjusting to the ball, whether high, low or behind him. When he goes up for the jump ball, his size lets him win most of those battles. He is determined to get to the ball in a crowd. He looks athletic going up for the off-target passes, as he can turn, twist, jump or get on the ground to secure the ball.

Leaping Ability: Boehringer’s size gives him an advantage vs. jump balls, but his vertical jump (39.5-inches) is also impressive. He competes with very good timing. He has the big, lanky frame to twist and bring the ball down. His long arms also let him reach for passes most normal-sized receivers can’t get to.

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Hands: It is very rare to see Boehringer drop the ball. He has large (9½ inches), natural hands and very good arm extension to get to the high throws. Most of the balls thrown to him hit him in stride, but you won’t see him get careless and try to run without securing the ball first. He has come up with some very big catches (see 2015 Rhein-Neckar and Marburg games) because of his ability to extend and reach the ball away from his frame. He will catch most balls thrown to him and if he does drop it, it is usually after getting a big hit on him going over the middle.

Run After the Catch: Boehringer knows he won’t win any foot races based on pure speed, but he is a long strider with good hip snap to elude. He shows good forward body lean in his stride and has the wiggle to separate after the catch. He is just not going to beat anyone when he tries to generate a burst, which is lacking. He is just a slippery runner whose body contortions make it tough to grab him cleanly. The best way to stop him is to wrap tackle him in order to bring him down.

2015 SEASON: Boehringer was named German Football League Rookie of the Year, as he started all but one of the 17 games that he appeared in…Finished second on the team with 59 receptions for 1,232 yards (20.88 ypc) and 13 touchdowns, averaging 77.00 yards per game, as he also returned 14 kickoffs for 415 yards (29.64 avg) and a pair of scores.

2015 SEASON HIGHLIGHTS: Boehringer opened the season with just two catches vs. Stuttgart, but they were good for 39- and 61-yard touchdowns…Pulled in six tosses for 113 yards and scores of 3- and 43-yards while adding 31 yards on a kickoff return vs. Allegaeu…Added 57- and 41-yard touchdowns via five receptions for 163 yards at Rhein-Neckar, followed by a 44-yard score among three grabs for 86 yards vs. Munich…Generated 109 yards with a 51-yard touchdown on seven catches in the Unicorns second encounter vs. the Allgau Comets…Snared six balls for 158 yards with 49- and 75-yard touchdowns vs. Marburg…Returned a kickoff 76 yards for a score vs. Saarland and reached the end zone with a 40-yard catch, to go with 101 yards on five catches in the team’s 34-6 win during their second clash vs. Munich…The second meeting vs. Stuttgart saw the receiver score on an 83-yard grab…Missed the second meeting vs. Rhein-Neckar, but returned to action with an 87-yard kickoff return for a touchdown vs. Hamburg…Closed out his career with four catches for 54 yards and four kickoff returns for 98 yards vs. the New Yorker Lions.

 


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