UNI’s Sinkfield hopes speed gets him to NFL
Northern Iowa receiver Terrell Sinkfield went back to the lucky
cleats that helped produce a blistering time in the 40-yard dash
earlier this month and put him on the radar of NFL scouts.
The shoes couldn’t produce another 40 yard-dash time of 4.19
seconds like he reportedly clocked at Minnesota’s pro day on March
5. But Sinkfield showed Wednesday that he’s arguably as fast as any
other wide receiver coming out of college.
Sinkfield ran the 40 again for a smattering of scouts, reporters
and curious onlookers inside the UNI-Dome at Northern Iowa’s pro
day. Sinkfield said he had no idea what he ran because Northern
Iowa doesn’t officially keep pro day numbers.
But a preliminary video review from Cedar Rapids Gazette had
Sinkfield timed at 4.32 and 4.30 on his final two attempts.
”It wasn’t my best day. I mean, did all right,” Sinkfield
said. ”I talked to the scouts and I asked them and they said. `You
ran pretty fast. We know you run pretty fast.”’
That speed has turned Sinkfield from an anonymous FCS receiver
into an intriguing pro prospect.
The 6-foot-1 Sinkfield wasn’t invited to the NFL combine in
Indianapolis after wrapping up his college career with just 499
yards receiving and four TDs as a senior. But Sinkfield, who grew
up in Minnetonka., Minn., went to the Gophers pro day and turned
heads with a 40 time that, had it been run at the NFL combine and
been declared official, would have been the best in the event’s
The 4.19 was such a stunning number for two reasons. It was
impossible to independently verify, and it came from a player whose
production hardly matched such blazing speed.
But Sinkfield said the scheme the Panthers ran last season
wasn’t designed to consistently get him free in space, and he
thinks his production could increase if he gets in the right
”We ran a zone-read, option offense. I wasn’t really in the
offense to highlight my best attributes and skills,” Sinkfield
said. ”I think I’ll surprise, open a lot of eyes when I get on a
stage and get to a team that can know my skills and work to get me
in the right position.”
It’s a possibility that appears much more likely than it did
when his college career ended last fall.
Sinkfield said the Dolphins have told him they plan to fly him
down to Miami to meet with team officials. He has also heard from
the Colts, Seahawks, 49ers and Packers about possible individual
workouts and team interviews.
Sinkfield said he was thrilled that his 4.19 performance in
Minneapolis got him noticed, even if many aren’t sure how
legitimate it was.
But Sinkfield didn’t run again on Wednesday to erase any doubts.
He thinks the 4.19 will stand – and he just wanted to see if he
could beat it.
”People were asking me if I should run again or not. But I’m a
competitive person, so I just wanted to beat my time. I knew I
could run fast again,” Sinkfield said. ”I’m satisfied with what I
did, whatever the times come out to be.”
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