Selected 3rd Rnd
72nd Pick Overall
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