NFL Draft Profile: Missouri Outside Linbacker Zaviar Gooden

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Sept 1, 2012; Columbia, MO, USA; Missouri Tigers linebacker Zaviar Gooden (25) runs the ball during the first half at Faurot Field.The Missouri Tigers defeated the Southeastern Louisiana Lions 62-10. Mandatory Credit: Dak Dillon-USA TODAY Sports

Zaviar Gooden, outside linebacker, Missouri Tigers

Height: 6’1″

Weight: 234 pounds

40 Yard Dash: 4.47

Bench Press: 27

Vertical Jump: 34″

Broad Jump: 131″



Good tackler, even in space vs. receivers

92.3 tackling %. Third-highest by any draft-eligible linebacker.

Good pursuit. Will pursue plays deep down the field.

Takes good angles to ball-carriers.

Good initial burst out of his stance.

Great quickness. Never looks stiff.

Consistently gets good leverage while keeping his pad-level low.

Good lateral movement. Can get from sideline to sideline and stuff outside runs.

Versatile: Played all three linebacker positions at times.

Projected as a SAM backer

Good in pass-coverage. Stays with tight ends well and occasionally is even asked to cover receivers.

Great character. Named team captain in 2012