WITH THE 130TH SELECTION IN THE 2013 NFL DRAFT,
THE CINCINNATI BENGALS SELECT:
LB ZAVIAR GOODEN, MISSOURI
This likely 2nd Round Draft Selection is the most athletic LB in this entire draft, bar none. In fact, he finished first at the Combine in the 40 yard dash, 3 cone drill, short shuttle, and long shuttle. And he finished second or third in the Bench Press, Vertical, and Broad Jump. Here are his measureables:
40 Yard Dash: 4.47 (Has been timed by NFL scouts at 4.39 privately).
Vertical: 38.5 Inches (Has hit 40 Inches privately)
Bench: 27 Reps
Broad: 131 Inches
3 Cone: 6.71 Seconds
20 YD Shuttle: 4.18 Seconds
60 YD Shuttle: 11.28 Seconds
But, he's so much more than a jaw-dropping athletic LB whom also flashed in positional drills at the Combine and again at his Pro Day....
For example, at the Senior Bowl:
At Thursday’s Senior Bowl banquet, Gooden was chosen by a panel of scouts and NFL experts as the outstanding performer at linebacker during the week’s practices.
And as a three year starter for the Tigers, the first two years in the BIG 12, this most recent season in the SEC, after having moved to LB from Safety, he's won numerous recognition awards over the years. This last season, a gimpy hamstring cost him three games and limited him in others, but when on the field, such as his 15 tackle day against Syracuse, he was a difference maker. And, as one would expect, he excels in coverage.
Some other notable accomplishments:
2012 Team Captain
2012 Pre-Season ALL SEC (Coaches)
2011 BIG 12 Defensive Player of the Week
2010 Honorable Mention ALL BIG 12
2009 1st Team Academic ALL BIG 12
Gooden finished his Tiger career totaling 256 Tackles, 20.5 Tackles For Loss, 4 Sacks, 16 Pass Breakups, 5 Interceptions including a Return for TD, 2 Forced Fumbles, and one Fumble Recovery.
The Bengals are proud to plug and play this prototype WILL LB.
San Francisco is on the clock!