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Moritz Boehringer targets the career of Dirk Nowitzki

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German wide receiver and sixth round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, Moritz Boehringer, has recently stated that he wants to emulate the career of 17-year NBA pro and fellow German sportsman, Dirk Nowitzki.

Boehringer, who has played all of his football for Schwäbisch Hall Unicorns of the German Football League, became the first German player to be drafted into the league straight from European football - ironically selected by his favourite team, the Minnesota Vikings as the 180th pick.

Standing at 6'4 and clocking an impressive 4.43 40-yard dash at the combine, his athletism and speed boosted his draft stock from a projected undrafted free-agent to a sixth round pick. However, he faces a huge step up in quality as he moves straight into the NFL without any experience of top-level NCAA action.  

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He was quoted by The Pioneer Press as saying, "My ultimate goal is to be the Dirk Nowitzki of the NFL, but it's a process, I've got to make the team (first)." 

37-year-old Nowitzki has been a stalwart of the NBA since 1998/99 where he was drafted in the first-round by the Milwaukee Bucks and instantly traded to the Dallas Mavericks, where he has played ever since. 

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He has been considered one of the best power forwards to have ever graced the court, putting up an astounding 29,491 points, ranking him sixth in the highest point scorers in history and top amongst current players after Kobe Bryant's retirement from the league at the end of this regular season. 

Hailing from Wurzburg, West Germany, Nowitzki retired from International competition at the end of 2015 and received a standing ovation in his last game (77-76 loss to Spain) but continues to play in the NBA, and has had the most successful career of any foreign player in American team sports history, but Vikings' new acquisition, Boehringer, wants to emulate that in the NFL.  

With firm competition from first-round pick, Laquon Treadwell, along with returning starters, Stefon Diggs, Jarius Wright, Cordarrelle Patterson, Adam Thielen and Charles Johnson, the German with a large amount of untapped potential, could have a tough task to make the 53-man roster that will be declared in early September. 

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Despite this, the early signs are positive as he became the first draftee to sign his rookie contract - a four-year $2.49 million, with a signing on bonus of $150,420. 

Based on his impressive combine performance and rumours from team scouts, Boehringer certainly has the physique and mentality to step up to the NFL level and make an impact for a team that was desperate for a big, fast receiver before the draft, and now they might have two with Treadwell and Boehringer. NFC North secondaries, beware. 

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