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Three former Missouri football players work out at NFL Combine

By Missourian Staff
February 25, 2013 | 8:36 p.m. CST
Former Missouri football players T.J. Moe, Sheldon Richardson and Zaviar Gooden worked out at the NFL Combine the past few days in Indianapolis. The NFL draft begins April 25.

The Missouri football team had three former players work out at the NFL Combine the past few days in Indianapolis.

Wide receiver T.J. Moe performed well in every drill except the 40-yard dash — his time of 4.74 seconds was the slowest of all receivers. However, he hit 26 repetitions on the 225-pound bench press, which was the most of any wide receiver and especially impressive given his size (5-foot-11, 204 pounds). He also was a top performer in the three-cone drill (6.53 seconds), the 20-yard shuttle (3.96 seconds) and the 60-yard shuttle (10.87 seconds).

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Linebacker Zaviar Gooden had what was considered one of the most impressive combine workouts. He ran a 4.47 in the 40-yard dash, the fastest of any linebacker, and was a top performer in the bench press (27 repetitions) and the broad jump (131 inches) and eased doubts regarding his lateral speed in the shuttle drills. Scouts previously had projected him as a third-round pick.

Defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson, projected as a first-round selection, ran a 5.02 40-yard dash and hit 30 repetitions in the bench press. He leaped 32 inches in vertical jump and 116 inches in the broad jump.

The NFL draft begins April 25.