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Continued: Sinkfield's 4.19 dash turns NFL scouts' heads

  • Article by: DAN WIEDERER , Star Tribune
  • Last update: April 15, 2013 - 9:00 AM

Sinkfield’s training for that pro day dash came under the expert guidance of Mark Ellis, who in 2004 and 2005 was the Vikings’ assistant strength and conditioning coach and later co-founded GameSpeed Sports Academy in Eden Prairie with E.J. Henderson.

Sure, Sinkfield has been lifting, doing position drills and dedicating himself to his craft since his college career ended. But after teaming with Ellis, a quest to master the 40 became a top priority.

Ellis had studied a dozen or so of the fastest 40s ever run at the NFL combine and looked for technical similarities. He determined the best runs were completed in 20 to 22 steps and realized a jump-start seemed to be a major catalyst.

“Literally,” Sinkfield said. “We spent a lot of time working on my start, of fine-tuning a technique to actually jump out of the blocks and steal a step there.”

Without Ellis’ tutelage, Sinkfield still would have been fast. As his agent, Mitch Chargo, notes, “His speed is God-given and it’s world class.” But with Ellis, Sinkfield was able to squeeze every last hundredth of a second out of his 40.

Sinkfield laughs now at the hype that he generated.

He also had an impressive 40.5-inch vertical leap and a freakish 11-foot, 5-inch broad jump. Still, all anyone ever seems to talk about is the 40. Sinkfield knew that going in.

“We call it ‘The Money Maker,’ ” he said. “Honestly. That’s what it boils down to a lot. With everything else, the fastest guys usually get paid the most.”

So maybe just maybe, one blazing run will open a door.

Said Chargo: “The goal in January, plain and simple, was to get Terrell into a position where he could showcase what he’s got. That has happened. The devotion Terrell had to his future and his investment in himself has paid off. And with that 40 and with the Internet, it’s enabled him to show really the world what he’s got.”

On April 25-27, Sinkfield will keep his cellphone on and his fingers crossed, hoping his name will be called during the draft. But even if it isn’t, he fully expects to spend the following weekend at the facility of some NFL team, as a rookie minicamp invitee.

Once there he’ll be trying, once again, to turn heads.

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