Who is Terrell Sinkfield, you ask?
That is exactly what NFL scouts were asking following Minnesota’s Pro Day on Monday. The former Northern Iowa standout and Minnesota native had to attend the Gophers’ Pro Day because UNI did not have one. To say the former FCS wideout made the most of his time in the Big Ten facilities would be an understatement.
Because there is no overstating the show Sinkfield put on in the 40-yard dash. After posting a blazing 4.27 seconds on his first attempt (the NFL Combine record is 4.24 seconds set by Chris Johnson of the Tennessee Titans and Rondel Malendez) he basically turned the NFL Draft universe on its head on his second attempt.
That is the only way to describe his 4.19 time, which would have shattered the Combine record had he gone to a bigger school and earned himself an invite. So how did he do it without any of the big-time publicity?
“Just some determination,” Sinkfield said, according to Fox Sports North. “That was the expectation, really. Aim big. I was trying to get that 4.1.”
“I knew it was good when I finished,” Sinkfield said of his 4.19. “I was pretty happy, so I came back. I thought I messed up when they said go again. I’m like, ‘Dang, why do I have to run again?'”
However, and despite a 10.86-second 100-meter dash as a track star in high school, D-I programs — including his home state Gophers — wanted nothing to do with him. He was thus relegated to the FCS level and Northern Iowa.
But he did not care. In fact, that only motivated him to dominate once he was finally given his opportunity. When asked about being passed up by Minnesota, he did not mince words.
“I just feel like I deserved to be playing here,” Sinkfield said of Minnesota. “It was kind of like a dream to play for the Gophers growing up. I pretty much came here with a chip on my shoulder. It was pretty much the plan since high school that I was going to come here (to the pro day) and steal the show. …
“Hopefully I opened some eyes and got some interest.”
Yeah, Mr. Sinkfield, you definitely got some interest. The crazy thing about it is the fact that the scouts on hand actually made him run it a third time because they did not believe their stopwatches. He was the only one the entire day to run it a third time, and despite stumbling out of his start, the dude still ran a 4.41, giving him a 4.33-second average. That is simply out of control fast.
“It hasn’t really hit me yet,” said Sinkfield, who also had a 40.5 inch vertical at Monday’s pro day. “I feel like I could have hit it consistently. Me, myself, my personal best, I think I could have done better. It was still a good show here.”
It was a fantastic show, and for those haters out there, yes, there is video:
Sinkfield led Northern Iowa in both receptions (43) and yards (499) along with hauling in four touchdowns as a senior. Two of those numbers were improvements upon a junior year in which he caught 28 passes for 464 yards, whiling catching six scoring passes.