Zaviar Gooden  

Height: 6-1   Weight: 231   Age: 28

Born: 8/31/1990 Austin , TX

College: Missouri

Experience: Season









Draft 2013

Pick No.97

Selected By: Tennessee Titans

Round: 3

Pick (Overall): 35 (97)

Pick Analysis: Gooden?s No. 25 jersey has special meaning to the University of Missouri program. It was the number worn by Aaron O?Neal, a redshirt freshman who passed away just a couple of hours after a July 2005 voluntary team workout. Though O?Neal passed before Gooden arrived on campus, he still feels that he represents the late linebacker and his family ?- and it shows in his play.

Coming out of high school Pflugerville, Texas, Gooden split time between running back and safety. He redshirted his first season at safety, but moving to linebacker in the summer of 2009. He played in every game that year, making 30 tackles, three for loss. Gooden started all 13 games as a sophomore, earning honorable mention All-Big 12 honors from league coaches after leading the Tigers with 85 tackles (including 7.5 for loss and three sacks), intercepting two passes and breaking up five others. He again lined up for every game in 2011, with a slight reduction in his production keeping him off all-conference teams, but he was still credited with 80 stops, six for loss, one sack, two interceptions, and four pass break-ups. A hamstring injury in week two vs Georgia hampered him for most of his senior season, causing him to miss two contests. However, the team captain was still productive when he was on the field, totaling 61 tackles, four tackles for loss, and one interception in his seven starts.


Video Playlist

  1. 2013 Combine workout: Zaviar Gooden

    Published: Feb. 26, 2013 at 03:00 a.m.

    Watch Missouri LB Zaviar Gooden work out at the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine.

  2. 2013 NFL Scouting Combine: Zaviar Gooden

    Published: Feb. 25, 2013 at 07:00 a.m.

    Watch Mizzou linebacker Zaviar Gooden run the 40-yard dash at the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine.

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