Zaviar Gooden

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Zaviar Gooden
No. 50     Tennessee Titans
Linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1990-08-31) August 31, 1990 (age 24)
Place of birth: Pflugerville, Texas
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) Weight: 231 lb (105 kg)
Career information
High school: Pflugerville (TX)
College: Missouri
NFL Draft: 2013 / Round: 3 / Pick: 97
Debuted in 2013 for the Tennessee Titans
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2013
Tackles 12
Quarterback sacks 0.0
Forced fumbles 0
Interceptions 0
Stats at NFL.com

Zaviar Gooden (born January 1, 1990) is an American football linebacker for the Tennessee Titans of the National Football League (NFL). Gooden played college football for the University of Missouri. The Tennessee Titans picked him in the third round of the 2013 NFL Draft.

Early years[edit]

Gooden was born in Pflugerville, Texas. He attended Pflugerville High School, and played for he Pflugerville Panthers high school football team. During high school, he played as both a safety and running back. Rivals.com rated Gooden as the 32nd best high school linebacker prospect his age, and the 56th best all round prospect in Texas. H e graduated from high school with a 3.9 grade point average (GPA). Gooden received athletic scholarship offers from Oklahoma State, Purdue and Stanford, but chose to attend the University of Missouri.

College career[edit]

Gooden enrolled in the University of Missouri, where he played for coach Gary Pinkel's Missouri Tigers football team from 2009 to 2012. Before the start of his freshman season, Gooden made the transition from safety to linebacker. During his first season he was used as backup to the starting linebackers, but played in 13 games, making 30 tackles and forcing one fumble.

It was his sophomore season that Gooden became a starter and immediately made a big impact. From the 13 games, he led the team in defense, making 84 tackles and three sacks, breaking up five passes and making two interceptions. He kept up his momentum in his junior season, with 80 tackles, one sack, two interceptions and four broken up passes in his 13 games.

His senior season was broken up by a hamstring injury and he played only 10 games, from which he made 61 tackles and a single interception, which was returned for a touchdown versus Southeastern Louisiana Lions.

Professional Career[edit]

2013 NFL Draft[edit]

Gooden posted good numbers at the NFL Scouting Combine, and during Pro Day he beat all linebackers in every regard except vertical jump. Widely expected to be a fourth round pick, the Tennessee Titans drafted him with the last pick of the third round. He was the 97th overall pick of the 2013 NFL Draft.

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 1 in 234 lb 31 35 in 10 00 in 4.47 s 4.18 s 6.71 s 38.5 in 9 ft 2 in 27 reps at 225 reps
All values from NFL Combine[1] apart from vertical jump height, taken from Missouri Pro Day.

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