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

history.

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

scheme.

”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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