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
02/27/2013 - 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
02/20/2013 - 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
01/23/2013 - 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
09/11/2012 - LB Zaviar Gooden left the field after halftime vs. Georgia and didn't return. Pinkel said he has a strained hamstring. - The Sports Xchange
09/01/2012 - 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
07/21/2012 - 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
07/18/2012 - 2012 BUTKUS AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Zaviar Gooden, Missouri, has been selected to the Preseason Butkus Award Watch List for the 2012 college football season, presented to the top linebacker in college football by the Butkus Foundation. - The Butkus Foundation