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By: Aj Mansour | KFAN.com
Minneapolis, MN - With representatives from thirteen NFL teams present, nine Golden Gophers seniors were joined by a couple dozen Division II and Division III players Monday morning at the University of Minnesota's pro day.
Scouts from the Seahawks, Chiefs, Packers, 49ers, Raiders, Jaguars, Chargers, Broncos, Browns, Titans, Giants, Raiders, Colts and Vikings were on hand to watch local Minnesota players showcase their talents and fight for remaining spots in April's NFL Draft and onto training camp rosters come August.
Representing the Gophers were Michael Carter, Keanon Cooper, MarQueis Gray, Brandon Green, John Rabe, Mike Rallis, Spencer Reeves, Troy Stoudermire and Jordan Wettstein. Headlining those from the University of Minnesota, MarQueis Gray opted to pass on a few of the events and failed to turn heads in those that he did participate in.
It should be noted that Gray's agent Mitchel Chargo did approach me to share that Gray was still operating at less than 100% with the injured ankle that hampered him down the stretch of the regular season. Chargo guessed that Gray was about 90% of his normal self, still scouts did not walk away from the Pro Day talking about the Gophers QB/WR hybrid. They left chattering about Terrell Sinkfield from the University of Northern Iowa.
Sinkfield and Gray have worked with the same training group at AMI Sports in Golden Valley. Before that, Sinkfield was highly recruited from Hopkins High School landing a starting role at UNI as an underclassman.
Sinkfield, 6-foot-1, wowed the crowd with a 11' 5" broad jump to kick off the morning's festivities. He then moved over to the vertical jump where he posted a daily high mark of 40.5". Still, that was not the most impressive part of Sinkfield's day.
While most of the gathered crowd was watching MarQueis Gray, Michael Carter and the other Golden Gopher players run their 40-yard dash on the near side of the field, Sinkfield joined the small school grouping on the far side. With Gopher players running in the foreground, the attention of the gathered audience jumped past the Division I players and into the background as Sinkfield ran a 4.19 40-yard dash!
Yeah, you heard me right. A 4.19 40-yard dash!
To put this in perspective for your, the NFL Combine record was run by Chris Johnson in 2008. Johnson's record setting time? 4.24!
"I knew it was good when I finished," Sinkfield said. "Hopefully I opened some eyes and got some interest."
Sinkfield is currently projected to get a nod in the seventh round of the NFL Draft but a lot could change after posting big numbers like he did today. The 6-foot-1 receiver led UNI last season with 43 catches for 499 yards and 4 touchdowns.
Prior to Monday, Sinkfield found his name in the headlines when he was arrested last October after a fist fight broke out near the UNI campus in Cedar Falls.
Aj Mansour covers the Twins, Vikings, & Gopher Football for KFAN.com. Feel free to leave comments and questions on this post or others in the designated comment box below. For Golden Gopher updates and breaking news follow Aj on Twitter @AjKFAN