Wednesday, December 7, 2016

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The Vikings original seventh round selection (244 overall) turned out to never change hands and they used it to make their final (probably) selection of the 2016 NFL Draft. That means the Vikings staff will immediately turn their attention to the undrafted free agency market.

With pick number 244 the Vikings selected Clemson safety Jayron Kearse.

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Moritz “Mo” Boehringer is a 6-foot-4, 225 pound wide receiver with 4.4 speed. And he just happens to be from Germany. Mo became the first international player to be selected in the draft without ever seeing a college football snap.

Boehringer is raw, but he’s got the physical tools that had the scouts drooling. After his outstanding pro day at Florida Atlantic he became the center of media attention. He still has a lot to learn as he has only been playing American football since 2013. Boehringer first began with the Crailsheim Titans, a junior youth team in Germany. He played well enough to be “called up” to the German Football League in 2015 to play for the Schwabisch Hall Unicorns. All he did in his first season was win GFL Rookie of the Year honors after catching 59 receptions for 1,232 yards and 13 touchdowns in 16 games. Boehringer’s training at XPE Sports Academy in Boca Raton Florida has paid off as he now sets his sights on moving up the Minnesota Vikings wide receiver depth chart.

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The Vikings run defense gets a big shot in the arm with this muscled up tackling machine. Brothers has elite instinct and awareness who can sift through trash easily shedding blocks in the trenches. He has great gap discipline and always takes proper pursuit angles to the ball carrier. Brothers displays smart pre-snap recognition skills with the ability to process action immediately. He is a thumper in the middle who can convert quickness to power upon impact as a tackler. His 274 tackles over the last two years is more than any other college football player.
Zimmer now has the option to move Eric Kendricks to weak side and use Brother in the middle of the base defense unit. Brothers projects as a two-down run defender who will probably not see action in the nickel package.

I love this pick. In Mike Zimmer’s final year in Cincinnati as defensive coordinator, the Bengals were ranked top-five against the run giving up only 96.5 yards per game. Zimmer is driven to improve the Vikings below average run defense, and Brothers is a hard hitting defender who could offer immediate help.

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Rick Spielman and the Minnesota Vikings were very busy in the sixth round of the 2016 NFL Draft on Saturday.

Immediately after trading back with the Miami Dolphins, Spielman then moved forwards with a deal struck with the Philadelphia Eagles. Spielman gave up the 240th overall selection to move up 8 slots (from 196 to 188) and select a tight end.

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