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Panthers schedule workout with Missouri linebacker Zaviar Gooden


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#1 CarolinaPanthers8789

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Posted 10 March 2013 - 11:15 PM

Link: http://www.sbnation....ooden-nfl-draft

Linebacker Zaviar Gooden once again shined. He dominated the NFL Combine, running faster than any linebacker in attendance. His three-cone time and shuttle times were tops at well. He didn't have a ton to prove, but he worked out anyways. Gooden improved his vertical jump to 38.5 inches from 34 inches. He then flashed in positional drills and generated a buzz amongst the crowd in attendance. He has workouts scheduled with the Panthers, Patriots and Bears.


Obviously Gooden has risen up the draft boards due to his workouts and right now he is slotted to go in the third round. If for some reason the Panthers felt the need to take Gooden, they would have one of the fastest linebacker corps in the NFL with Gooden and Kuechly.





In my opinion he looks kind of raw (but with potential), however I wouldn't trade up to the third or even thinking about taking him with the linebackers we have in place until the fourth.

Thoughts?

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Posted 10 March 2013 - 11:21 PM

Rather spend a 3rd in the trenches.
Assuming of course we had a 3rd.

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Posted 10 March 2013 - 11:25 PM

Agree, we always screw the pooch when it comes to getting that third or second rounder.

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Posted 10 March 2013 - 11:45 PM

He's expected to be a fourth right now by most sites fwiw. Really fast, raw but decent coverage. Solid strength to fight off blocks, and great flexibility. He overruns plays due to aggressiveness, and reacts slow to the run.

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Posted 10 March 2013 - 11:46 PM

ha...just put him up yesterday.....they do need a olb.

gooden is very speedy but over pursues alot........

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Posted 11 March 2013 - 09:44 AM

Not interested. We don't have much need for another outside linebacker, and while athletic he's very small and very raw. Let some other team try and make a project out of him.

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Posted 11 March 2013 - 09:55 AM

I wouldn't want the Panthers to look that way until the 5th round.

Not b/c he is a bad player,but b/c we have need for impact at other positions more.

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Posted 11 March 2013 - 10:29 AM

I guess the Panthers are just doing due diligence and exploring all options.

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Posted 11 March 2013 - 10:42 AM

^^ yeah me too. still a need though....unless it some other position responsible for stopping the run...lol

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Posted 11 March 2013 - 11:54 AM

Since he is on the smallish size and is a former safety, any chance we take him and move back to safety?

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Posted 11 March 2013 - 12:08 PM

I think we also scheduled workouts with Allen and David Amerson as well

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Posted 11 March 2013 - 02:32 PM

I don't think it's out of the realm of possibility that we could take a guy like Gooden. Remember we have a lot money tied to Beason, Anderson, TD. One of those guys will very likely be gone next offseason, if not this one. Beason and TD also have their own inury histories.

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Posted 11 March 2013 - 05:18 PM

Ron saw the word "flashed" so we had no choice but to work him out.

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Posted 11 March 2013 - 05:24 PM

Not interested. We don't have much need for another outside linebacker, and while athletic he's very small and very raw. Let some other team try and make a project out of him.

Since he is on the smallish size and is a former safety, any chance we take him and move back to safety?


6'2 230 is small? wtf are ya'll smoking?

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Posted 16 March 2013 - 03:50 AM

6'2 230 is small? wtf are ya'll smoking?


Lol and that's his weight coming out of college so he is still putting on weight. He will be fine playing outside linebacker in a 4-3. He will put on an additional 5 to 8 pounds in muscle over the next few years. Beason was smaller if I remember correctly. 6'0 230 coming out of Miami.