Zaviar Gooden  

Height: 6-1   Weight: 231   Age: 29

Born: 8/31/1990 Austin , TX

College: Missouri

Experience: Season









Combine 2013


  • 40 Yard Dash4.47 Secs
  • Vertical Jump34.0 inches
  • Broad Jump131.0 inches
  • Bench Press27.0 reps
  • 20 Yard Shuttle4.18 secs
  • 3 Cone Drill6.71 secs
  • 60 Yard Shuttle11.28 secs


Speedy Will linebacker who attacks quickly when he gets a clear picture, closing in a hurry to attack plays in the backfield. Follows play action between the tackles then goes to the flat to take away the running back. Fluid hips, and his good change-of-direction ability is also useful over the middle against backs, tight ends, and slot receivers. Clicks-and-closes to make the tackle quickly once the ball is thrown. Takes on blocks from tight ends and fullbacks, stays moving to the ball while engaged and sheds to make the play. Gets under their shoulder to get leverage and contain. Solid wrap-up tackler in the open field, with good length for his size and an aggressive attitude to bring the ball carrier to the ground. Also strong enough to lower his pads and stop the forward momentum of piles. Utilizes his speed to hustle downfield regularly. He?ll contribute heavily on special teams coverage units.


Possesses only average overall size. Backpedal is really stilted and he bends at the waist to make tackles instead of bending his knees. Primarily reads back flow and can be hesitant or get caught false-stepping when he doesn?t get a clear picture. His aggressiveness can take him out of plays on occasion, as he?ll head into the backfield as running backs run past through the hole. Hasn?t been used as a pass rusher often, and doesn?t win hand battles at the line with linemen and running backs. Not a schematically diverse player, will be limited to just the weakside linebacker spot for 4-3 teams.