Zaviar Gooden Scouting Report: NFL Outlook for Missouri LB

April 23, 2013   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Missouri linebacker Xavier Gooden was one of the Scouting Combine's workout warriors thanks to his elite performance which saw him record the best times at his position in every single timed drill.
There is no doubt Gooden is an elite athlete. He has tools that NFL teams will find attractive outside of his athleticism that he flashed during his time at Missouri. 
The question is, how does Gooden fit in the NFL schematically? Does he have enough overall to be a solid-pass rusher or every-down contributor? 
Read on to find out. 
STRENGTHS WEAKNESSES + Elite speed to close on the ball-carrier. - Average size at 6'1" 234 pounds and 32.25" arms. + Excellent array of pass-rushing moves.  - Poor tackling form.  + Solid awareness to react to play-action.  - Over-aggressiveness takes him out of plays. + Takes on blockers with ferocity.  - Not schematically versatile. 

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