WHEN THE Vikings drafted 6'4", 227-pound wide receiver Moritz Boehringer (above) in the sixth round, the Schwäbisch Hall Unicorns' star became the first player to go directly from a European league to the NFL. The Stuttgart native is the sixth current German-grown player in the league. Here are the paths the others took and what they've done since arriving.
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KASIM EDEBALI HAMBURG
The son of a U.S. military officer, his two years of high school ball in the States won him a scholarship to B.C.
The Saints signed the undrafted 6'2", 253-pound outside linebacker in 2014, and in two seasons he has 43 tackles and seven sacks.
MARKUS KUHN MANNHEIM
He first played at 14 while on vacation in Florida, and his stint with a club team earned him a scholarship to N.C. State.
Drafted in the seventh round in '12 by the Giants, the 6'4", 303-pound DT made 48 tackles in four seasons and signed with the Patriots this spring.
MARK NZEOCHA ANABACH
He started at 13 and earned a spot on the national team for the 2009 Junior World Cup. He then starred at Wyoming.
A 6'3", 239-pound linebacker, he went to the Cowboys in the seventh round in 2015. After recovering from a right knee injury, he played in two games last season.
SEBASTIAN VOLLMER KAARST
He joined the Düsseldorf Panther at 14 and played at Houston after appearing in the Global Junior Championships.
After being All-Conference USA, the 6'8" 320-pounder was selected by the Patriots in the second round in 2009. He is now the Pats' starting right tackle.
BJOERN WERNER BERLIN
He started playing club football at 12 and earned a scholarship to FSU while playing at a U.S. prep school.
In 2013 the Colts made the 6'3" 260-pounder the first German taken in a first round. In 38 career games Werner, a free agent, has 81 tackles and 6½ sacks.
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