Zaviar Gooden, OLB

School: Missouri  |  Conference: SEC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Pflugerville, TX
Height/Weight: 6-2 / 234 lbs.
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OverallPositionProj. Rnd.

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Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.462.501.5227 3410'11"4.186.71

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03/08/2013 - 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

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