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Zaviar Gooden | Linebacker | #50

Team: Detroit Lions
Age / DOB:  (25) / 8/31/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 231
College: Missouri
Drafted: 2013 / Rd. 3 (97) / TEN
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Lions signed LB Zaviar Gooden.
A 2013 third-round pick by the Titans, Gooden missed all of 2015 with a torn hamstring. He's played 234 career snaps. Gooden will be a long shot to crack the Lions' 53-man roster. May 2 - 2:16 PM

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Titans ILB Zaviar Gooden suffered a torn hamstring in Friday's preseason opener.

He's headed to injured reserve. A 2013 third-round pick, Gooden has been a disappointment through two seasons. Gooden was projected for a backup role behind Avery Williamson and Zach Brown.
Sat, Aug 15, 2015 07:35:00 PM

The Titans will turn to second-year pro Zaviar Gooden as their starting inside linebacker next to Wesley Woodyard.

He'll replace Zach Brown (torn pectoral). The 97th overall pick in last year's draft, Gooden goes 6-foot-1, 233 with 4.46 speed and a highly explosive 10-foot-11 broad jump. Gooden is worth a look as a sleeper in deeper IDP leagues.
Mon, Sep 8, 2014 05:17:00 PM

Titans rookie LB Zaviar Gooden (ankle) returned to practice Wednesday.

Gooden missed over a month with a high-ankle sprain. The No. 97 overall pick, he returns to a special teams role and will provide depth at outside linebacker.
Wed, Sep 11, 2013 02:58:00 PM

Titans rookie LB Zaviar Gooden (ankle) has been ruled out of the season opener.

Gooden is still working his way back from a high-ankle sprain and has yet to return to practice. He'll serve in a special teams role and provide depth behind Zach Brown or Akeem Ayers when healthy.
Fri, Aug 30, 2013 08:19:00 PM

Rookie LB Zaviar Gooden is missing time at Titans camp with a high ankle sprain.

He'll be out "at least" another week. The 97th overall pick in April's draft, Gooden is an athletic outside linebacker type ticketed for special teams in year one. He's clearly no threat to Zach Brown or Akeem Ayers' starting job.
Sun, Aug 11, 2013 10:01:00 PM

The Titans have been very impressed with third-round OLB Zaviar Gooden's athleticism.

Speed was Gooden's calling card in college. "As far as change of direction, I haven’t seen a linebacker this athletic in a long time," LBs coach Chet Parlavecchio said. "He has such beautiful footwork, he’s such a fluid athlete." Gooden's production was hit-or-miss for Mizzou, but the Titans clearly believe new "defensive assistant" Gregg Williams can coach him up. Gooden will push for snaps behind WLB Zach Brown.
Fri, Jun 21, 2013 09:49:00 AM

Titans signed No. 97 overall pick OLB Zaviar Gooden to a four-year contract.

A top-notch "run and chase" linebacker, Gooden turned in a blazing 4.47 40-yard dash at the Combine. He also posted a 1.53 ten-yard split while ripping off 27 reps on the bench. Gooden turned in a dud of a senior year at Mizzou, but could eventually siphon snaps from WLB Zach Brown. Brown is coming off a mixed rookie season.
Tue, Jun 4, 2013 06:58:00 PM

Titans selected Missouri OLB Zaviar Gooden with the No. 97 overall pick.

Gooden (6-foot-1 1/2, 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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