STRENGTHS - Gooden is a very good athlete that possesses the speed and QAB to make plays in space from sideline to sideline. He not only uses his foot quickness to effectively move laterally, but beat blocks at the POA as well. He flashes good instincts at the snap, which allow him to quickly diagnose and attack plays as well as take proper angles of pursuit.
WEAKNESSES - Gooden lacks the bulk and natural strength needed to take on and shed blocks at the LOS. He makes it even harder on himself by waiting for blockers to get on top of him and not playing aggressively with hands. This makes it too easy for defenders to lock on and sustain blocks to the whistle, and causes Gooden to go missing for long stretches at a time. He also lacks physicality and aggressiveness in pass coverage, and allows too man catches in his area that he should be able to contest. .
SUMMARY - At first glance I was excited by Gooden's natural ability, as he has the speed, agility and quickness to be a highly productive LB against both the pass and run. However, the more film I watched the more I was disappointed, as Gooden simply lacks the physicality and strength needed to start at the NFL level. He is too easily engulfed by blockers and is not aggressive enough at the POA to shed in time to get involved in time to make plays. At times he appears to shy away on contact, in particular on the pass rush, as he tends to take wide tracks in order to stay in space. Gooden is likely to contribute early in his career primarily on special teams because of his speed and fluidity, but will need to become significantly more competitive at the POA if he is to develop into the starting WILL he is clearly capable of becoming. .