Draft Scout Snapshot: A closer look at the Titans' picks: Round 3/97 - Zaviar Gooden, LB, 6-1, 234, Missouri...There really wasn't a need here with weak-side linebacker Zach Brown arriving last year. But the Titans like Gooden's speed (4.47 in the 40) and figure to use him on special teams and perhaps in certain packages as a rookie. - The Sports Xchange
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04/29/13 - A closer look at the Titans' picks: Round 3/97 - Zaviar Gooden, LB, 6-1, 234, Missouri...There really wasn't a need here with weak-side linebacker Zach Brown arriving last year. But the Titans like Gooden's speed (4.47 in the 40) and figure to use him on special teams and perhaps in certain packages as a rookie. - The Sports Xchange
03/25/13 - 2013 Missouri Pro Day: Zaviar Gooden, OLB (6-foot-1 3/4, 224 pounds) - Gooden had a 38 1/2-inch vertical jump (4 1/2 inches better than his NFL Scouting Combine number). He then stood by the rest of his numbers from the combine (he was a top performer in his position group at the combine in every workout but the vertical). Gooden is a good athlete with speed. This is a good linebacker prospect. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com
03/08/13 - 2013 Missouri Pro Day: As for Gooden, he was so good at the Combine, he probably could’ve done nothing more than play meet-and-greet with the NFL team representative on hand Thursday. His sizzling 40 time of 4.47 in Indy was tops among linebackers. In fact, in every timed drill at the Combine, Gooden was fastest among the linebackers. But he wasn’t happy with his vertical jump in Indianapolis, so he gave that another try at Mizzou, with great results. “I increased my vertical from the Combine by 4˝ inches _ that was pretty good,” Gooden said.
His leap of 38˝ inches drew a grasp from spectators at the Mizzou indoor facility, prompting someone to ask Gooden if he’s in the wrong sport. Maybe he should be pursuing a basketball career. “No, I gave that up a long time ago,” Gooden said, laughing.
Bowden from the Rams’ coaching staff ran the linebacker drills for Gooden, drills which emphasized pass drops, moving in space, as well as some tight bag work. By now, every personnel department in the NFL knows how fast Gooden runs when it comes to straightline speed, but how are his instincts? What about his change of direction? “I had fun doing the drills,” Gooden said. “I felt like I looked fluid in them.”
Before Thursday, Gooden said he met with Rams officials at the Combine and the Senior Bowl. “So I developed a relationship with them,” Gooden said. Gooden said he already has workouts scheduled with Carolina, Chicago, and New England; Richardson said Cleveland is coming to Columbia next week to work him out. - Jim Thomas, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
02/27/13 - 02/27/13 NFL DRAFT SCOUT RISER: 4. Zaviar Gooden, OLB, Missouri...Finally fully healed from the hamstring injury which limited him for much of his senior campaign, Gooden put on a show at the combine, producing top marks among all linebackers in nearly every category. The 6-1, 234-pounder led all linebackers with a 4.47-second showing in the 40-yard dash and also topped the position in the change of direction tests, finishing first in the three-cone drill (6.71), short shuttle (4.18) and long shuttle (11.28). - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
02/20/13 - 2013 NFL Combine, Workout warriors: Although he doesn't appear as natural in reverse when dropping into coverage, Missouri's Zaviar Gooden is extremely quick when the play is in front of him with a natural burst and smooth acceleration. There are some other questions about his football ability, but Gooden should impress during drills with his goal to run a sub-4.5 40-yard dash. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com