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2015 NFL DRAFT

Olivier Vernon, DE

School: Miami (Fla.)  |  Conference: ACC
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Miami, FL
Height/Weight: 6-2 / 261 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
181165-6
Latest News
04/30/2012 - A closer look at the Dolphins' picks: Round 3/72 - Olivier Vernon, DE, 6-2, 261, Miami...This well-built, quick twitch edge pass rusher reminded the scouts a lot of Cameron Wake, whom the Dolphins discovered in the CFL. He had an average career from a production standout, but the film showed he's a solid player. Ireland specifically liked the way he set the edge on running plays. COULD SURPRISE: Defensive end Olivier Vernon: His production at Miami is underwhelming considering he only contributed 82 career tackles and nine sacks before declaring for the draft after his suspension-shortened junior season. But his athleticism, strength and speed measurables were off the charts, and won Ireland and his scouts over during a workout. The Dolphins envision Vernon immediately filling Jason Taylor's old role as a situational pass rusher in the nickel package. - The Sports Xchange

04/27/2012 - DE Olivier Vernon, Miami (Fla.) -- A true junior who surprised scouts when he left Miami early, Vernon has little game experience but the quick burst off the line and athletic build to take off in the right system.

12/16/2011 - Of the two newest underclassmen leaving Coral Gables, Washington is the more highly regarded pro prospect. Vernon is a very surprising choice to leave early considering that he was suspended for the first six games of the season due to taking accepting innappropriate benefits from a booster and registered just 18 tackles on the season. The 6-3, 265 pound true junior had flashed earlier in his career, recording 10.5 tackles for loss and six sacks a year ago. Vernon has an explosive burst off the snap but still needs a lot of technical work to earn consistent playing time at the pro level. He is viewed as a prospect potentially capable of making the switch to outside linebacker in the 3-4 scheme, which does help his cause. At this early point, however, Vernon is only ranked 29th among defensive ends in the 2013 class and thus not even a surely draftable commodity. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

08/10/2011 - 2011 PRESEASON TED HENDRICKS AWARD WATCH LIST: Olivier Vernon, Miami, has been named one of 35 players selected to the Ted Hendricks Award Watchlist for the 2011 college football season, honoring the nation's top defensive end. Vernon played in 13 games a season ago, starting 11 at his defensive end position. He ranked second on the team and 11th in the ACC with 6.0 sacks, while ranking fourth among all Canes with 10.5 tackles for loss. In his career, he has played in 24 games, garnered 13 starts and recorded 64 total tackles. - Miami football

 
Latest News
04/30/2012 - A closer look at the Dolphins' picks: Round 3/72 - Olivier Vernon, DE, 6-2, 261, Miami...This well-built, quick twitch edge pass rusher reminded the scouts a lot of Cameron Wake, whom the Dolphins discovered in the CFL. He had an average career from a production standout, but the film showed he's a solid player. Ireland specifically liked the way he set the edge on running plays. COULD SURPRISE: Defensive end Olivier Vernon: His production at Miami is underwhelming considering he only contributed 82 career tackles and nine sacks before declaring for the draft after his suspension-shortened junior season. But his athleticism, strength and speed measurables were off the charts, and won Ireland and his scouts over during a workout. The Dolphins envision Vernon immediately filling Jason Taylor's old role as a situational pass rusher in the nickel package. - The Sports Xchange

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