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Zaviar Gooden | Linebacker

Team: Missouri Tigers
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 230

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Titans selected Missouri OLB Zaviar Gooden with the No. 97 overall pick.
Gooden (6-2, 234) manned the weak side in Mizzou's 4-3 defense, logging 61 tackles -- four for loss -- and an interception across ten games in 2012, missing the better part of three with a hamstring injury. His senior year was subpar, but Gooden rehabbed his stock with a 4.47 forty, 1.53 ten-yard split, and 27 bench reps at the Combine. Gooden doesn't always play as physically as he should, but is the premier pure run-and-chase linebacker in this class. The Titans now have some serious speed with Gooden and Zach Brown. Fri, Apr 26, 2013 10:33:00 PM

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Missouri LB Zaviar Gooden is scheduled to visit the Bears.

This makes total sense. Gooden is a pure weakside linebacker with great closing speed and chasing ability. There are times he looked a bit tight in the hips in a two yard tackling radius, but there's plenty of talent to work with. He could be the heir apparent to Lance Briggs.
Wed, Apr 10, 2013 12:52:00 PM

NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah writes Missouri OLB Zavier Gooden has a chance to wow personnel men at the Combine.

"Last spring, NFL scouts timed Gooden at 4.39, and he also posted a 40-inch vertical during his time in the Missouri strength program," Jeremiah wrote. "He is expected to post around 30 reps on the 225-pound bench test." Gooden has been rising up draft boards because of his Senior Bowl showing and that's expected to continue through the Combine.
Thu, Feb 21, 2013 04:45:00 PM

Missouri OLB Zaviar Gooden will attend February's Senior Bowl.

Prior to the season, we really liked Gooden for his closing and chasing speed, but this season his weakness and tentativeness against blockers at the point of attack has been spotlighted. We still think his future is bright, and Gooden will hope to improve on a possible third day selection.
Wed, Nov 21, 2012 12:33:00 PM

Since Georgia head coach Mark Richt has decided to not disclose possible suspensions for Saturday's game against Missouri, the Tigers have been gameplanning around scheme rather than players.

The two starters in question are senior safety Bacarri Rambo and junior inside linebacker Alec Ogletree, both of whom were held out of the opener. "We can't worry about that. We have enough things to be concerned about that we have control over. If they play, they play. I don't know what else to tell you," head coach Gary Pinkel said.
Thu, Sep 6, 2012 04:19:00 PM