American Football: Germany's own Jarryd Hayne

Moritz Boehringer. Source / YouTube
Moritz Boehringer. Source / YouTube

The NFL has a new Jarryd Hayne and his name is Moritz Boehringer.

The 22-year-old German was the best kept secret of the 2016 NFL draft - but not any more.

Boehringer has attracted strong interest from NFL scouts after blowing everyone away at his pro day trial at Florida Atlantic University.

"If you show up on the home page of NFL.com, you're anything but a secret," Boehringer's former coach at the Swabsich Hall Unicorns in the German Football League Siegfried Gehrke said.

Watch: Boehringer's German Football League Highlights

Boehringer's pro day has changed everything.

Check out the 1.94m, 103kg unit's data from his draft trial.

He recorded a 4.41 second 40-yard dash.

He posted a 99cm vertical jump, a 3.33m broad jump and a 6.65secs three cone drill (testing explosive change of direction).

His 40-yeard dash would have seen him ranked No. 3 for all wide receivers to attend the 2016 NFL draft camp combine.

He also bench pressed the 102kg on the barbell 17 times.

The simple way to describe how impressive his testing was is to simply mention that seven teams are now chasing him, according to NFL.com.

Chicago Bears, Los Angeles Rams, Carolina Panthers, Kansas City Chiefs, Minnesota Vikings and Denver Broncos have all scheduled meetings with him. The identity of the seventh team remains unknown.

He is raw, but his potential clearly has teams interested.

"I'd be intrigued, that's for sure," NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt, a former front-office executive with the Dallas Cowboys, said.

"He's the kind of guy you rush out and see.

"He is a player, you cast into the deep end and see what happens."

Another draft expert Tony Pauline of draftinsider.net described Boehringer's workout as "Olympic".

"After his Olympian workout, Boehringer looked equally as good in position drills," he wrote.

"I've heard everything from "he's a legitimate prospect" to "he could go as early as the fourth round". The receiver had dinner with the Minnesota Vikings last night then sat with every team in attendance after the workout, all of whom have requested film."

That's where it gets difficult, because his "film" isn't like any other players'.

His film playing for Swabsich Hall Unicorns this year where he was named rookie of the year with 16 touchdowns is obviously not up to the standard of college football in the United States.

Boehringer only joined the Unicorns last year after previously playing in the German development league with the Crailsheim Titans.

He only began playing the sport as a 17-year-old after playing football (soccer) throughout his childhood in Aalen, near Stuttgart in Germany.

"What complicates matters for NFL teams in trying to put a proper grade on Boehringer is that his evaluation is all projection," NFL draft expert Andy Fenelon said.

"The level of play, even in Germany's top league where he dominated last season, is so far below the college level in the U.S. that all tape on him has little value aside from Madden-level entertainment."

The man himself said he felt confident about being able to showcase his skills, but didn't expect to attract so much interest.

"I came here today knowing what I needed to do," Boehringer said after his pro day trials.

"But I didn't realise there was going to be so many people watching me."

German news reports have linked Boehringer's NFL dream with what Aussie Jarryd Hayne did last year after making his shock switch from playing for Parramatta in the NRL to playing with the San Francisco 49ers.

Boehringer would be the first German to play in the specialist position of wide-receiver in the NFL, however a number of German players have played on defence and in the offensive line.

Boehringer will find out his fate at the 2016 NFL draft beginning on April 28 in Chicago.

- news.com.au

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