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
01/23/13 - 2013 Senior Bowl, Tuesday: Zaviar Gooden is known for his wheels, not necessarily his physicality. He didn't do much to stand out Tuesday as the second-team weakside linebacker behind Porter. Getting off the snap in edge-rush drills might have been his best work as he struggled to wrap up Gillislee a number of times in 11-on-11. He also seemed to struggle in pass coverage a few times. The good news is that he's got excellent athletic traits that might just need some harnessing. - Dave Richard, CBSSports.com
09/11/12 - LB Zaviar Gooden left the field after halftime vs. Georgia and didn't return. Pinkel said he has a strained hamstring. - The Sports Xchange
09/01/12 - Marcus Murphy scored on punt returns of 72 and 70 yards and Zaviar Gooden and Michael Sam fueled a lightning-fast start with early defensive touchdowns in Missouri's 62-10 season-opening rout of Southeastern Louisiana on Saturday night. Kendial Lawrence ran for a 76-yard TD and totaled 121 yards on 10 carries with two touchdowns for the Tigers, who led 28-0 after running just 12 plays in their tuneup for next week's SEC debut against No. 6 Georgia. They then stalled for nearly two quarters before turning it back on. Murphy, a 5-foot-9, 185-pound sophomore tailback, matched a 47-year-old school record with two scoring returns and totaled 180 yards on five punt returns. He added 32 yards on five carries. Nathan Stanley threw a late 21-yard touchdown pass to Jeff Smiley for Southeastern Louisiana, which since resuming football in 2003 is just 8-45 on the road, including 13 consecutive losses. The Lions, picked to in the middle of the pack of the FCS Southland Conference under new coach Ron Roberts, left Hurricane Isaac behind on Friday and ran into its remnants while getting soaked in a downpour in the second quarter. - AP Sports
08/24/12 - Top-five Missouri prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft: 1. OLB Zaviar Gooden...Quarterback James Franklin gets virtually all of the press revolving around the Tigers but Gooden is viewed by those close to the program as its' most unique athlete. The 6-2, 230 pound outside linebacker has reportedly been clocked in the 4.4s and after two solid (if somewhat unspectacular) seasons as the starter, there is a feeling that he may be poised to breakout in a big way as a senior and he was voted a team captain. Gooden was originally recruited as a safety and redshirted in 2008 playing at this position. He made the move to outside linebacker in 2009 and served as a quality backup, registering 30 tackles, including three for loss, while playing in all 13 games. Gooden impressed in 2010 during his first season as a starter, recording career-highs in tackles (85), tackles for loss (10) and sacks (three). His numbers slipped slightly this past season (80-eight-one) and he hasn't yet shown a knack for consistently making big plays, which is why he isn't more nationally recognized. Gooden's unique athleticism has drawn comparisons to former Missouri star (and current Atlanta Falcons' standout) Sean Weatherspoon. Thus far, however, Gooden hasn't played with the consistency that led the Falcons to making Weatherspoon the No. 19 overall pick of the 2010 draft. He relies on his speed to be in position to make plays, too often taking false steps or attempting to run around blocks. He's physical and feisty, however, and his athleticism and experience at safety make him a potentially unique weapon in coverage. With a big senior campaign, Gooden could push for a spot within the top 100 picks of the 2013 draft. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
07/21/12 - 2012 PRESEASON ALL-SEC THIRD TEAM (COACHES): OLB - Zaviar Gooden, Missouri, has been selected third team All-SEC for the 2012 college football season as selected by the SEC head coaches. - Missouri football