Zaviar Gooden goes to Titans with last pick in third round

Friday, April 26, 2013 | 9:57 p.m. CDT

Former Missouri linebacker Zaviar Gooden was selected by the Tennessee Titans with the last pick of the third round, No. 97 overall, in the NFL draft Friday night. 

After tallying 61 tackles his senior season, Gooden, who is 6 feet 2 inches tall and weighs 230 pounds, caught the attention of scouts with strong performances at the NFL Combine in February and Missouri's pro day in March. Among linebackers at the Combine, Gooden posted the fastest 40-yard dash as well as the best times in the three-cone drill, the 20-yard shuttle and the 60-yard shuttle.

Scouts Inc. projected Gooden, who is from Pflugerville, Texas, as the second pick of the fifth round, 135th overall.

Defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson, whom the Jets picked with the No. 13 overall pick, is the only other Missouri player selected so far. 

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