University of Northern Iowa wide receiver Terrell Sinkfield was bypassed when NFL Combine invitations were sent out weeks ago. Sinkfield’s only opportunity to impress NFL scouts with draft day measurables was at the University of Minnesota’s Pro Day. Sinkfield turned in a reported 4.19 forty-yard dash time on his second attempt, a time that would have set a NFL Combine record had he been invited.
On Sinkfield’s first attempt he ran a 4.27 and on his third, after stumbling at the start, he finished with a 4.44 per the St. Paul Pioneer Press. If the 4.19 time holds true, that would be the fastest forty recorded by an aspiring college player heading to the NFL.
Sinkwell, six-foot one-inch, 192 pounds, did not overwhelm statistically during his senior year or throughout his colligate career with the Panthers but that does not mean a NFL career is not in the fold for the speed burner.
The Minnetonka, Minn. native saw game time as a true freshman appearing in four games. By his sophomore season he was a regular starter getting the call in 10 games appearing in 11. Posting a 26.8 yards per catch average in 2009, Sinkfield flashed the speed but his five catches for 134 yards noted there was work left to be done.
As a junior Sinkfield was once again a starter getting the call in 11 of 13 games but his speed went under utilized after catching 28 passes for 464 yards with six touchdowns. His 16.6 yards per catch average still showed big play ability but he did not register any 100-yard receiving games showing his break-away speed was being contained and bottled up against Missouri Valley competition, something that should not happen on the college level with this kind of track speed.
During the 2012 college football season NIU posted a 5-6 record including playing Iowa tough (27-16) and Wisconsin (26-21), still resulting in losses. Sinkfield led the Panthers with a solid season recording 43 receptions with 499 yards receiving and four touchdowns.
One does not have to be a diehard Panther fan to put two-and-two together to know that Sinkfield’s hands must be at the root of his overall lack of production.
One can take an educated guess that NIU Head Coach Nick Farley, who has posted a 99-40 record, including a 60-20 record in conference, in 11 years, can spot football talent and knows how to utilize God given ability on the field. Sinkfield’s tell-tell sign is zero return yards compiled on punt or kickoff returns, something that will draw a red flag for NFL coaches and scouts. One can assume Farley would want that type of speed in the open field on punt or kickoff returns if Sinkfield could handle the job.
Still, Sinkfield’s speed is rare which should give him a shot at a free agent contract with a couple of NFL teams after the NFL Draft.
A speedy perspective
Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson (ECU) ran a NFL Combine record 4.27 in 2008. During this year’s NFL Combine former Texas wide receiver Marquise Goodwin posted a 4.27 forty-yard dash time. Both timed runs are the fastest recorded since the implementation of the electronic (laser) timer in 2000.
Note on the statistic, for some reason former University of Arkansas running back Darren McFadden’s 4.27 forty ran in 2008 was not listed with other electronic times.
A Minnesota Vikings scout, Scott Studwell, refutes the forty yard dash times of Sinkwell stating to the Pioneer Press he ran in the high 4.3 range.