40 Time Range: 4.64-4.68...No full workout/Combine numbers on rest
Data Scout Notes: 2011: NA/PHendricks/#29DE...2010: NA
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A highly regarded prep prospect, Vernon signed with Miami and immediately saw playing time earning action in 11 games and starting two contests as a true freshman. Vernon registered 25 tackles on the season and demonstrated big play potential early on, making five stops behind the line of scrimmage.
Vernon enjoyed his best collegiate season as a sophomore, starting 11 of 13 games and posting career highs in tackles (39), tackles for loss (10.5) and sacks (six). Having demonstrated a quick burst off the snap and a frame to intrigue scouts working for 3-4 and 4-3 teams, alike, Vernon appeared poised to enter his junior season as one of blossoming pass rushers in the entire country.
Instead, Vernon was caught up in the Nevin Shapiro booster scandal and was suspended for the first six games of the 2011 season. He flashed the talents that had been percolating a year earlier, registering 18 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks over the final six games of the year but stunned scouts when he decided to leave Miami with a full season of eligibility remaining.
Vernon has an NFL-caliber combination of size and athleticism. He is far from a finished product, however, and NFL teams will have to ask themselves what type of dedication to a team he'll have considering the fact that he left Miami so abruptly.
Positives: Looks the part. Possesses a long, athletic build with room for additional muscle mass. Flashes a burst off the snap, which is good enough to cross the face of collegiate tackles and put him in position to make big plays behind the line of scrimmage. Good lateral agility to elude. Plays on the balls of his feet and shows enough balance and flexibility to quickly turn and pursue laterally and downfield. Plenty of athletic talent worthy of developing...
Negatives: Raw. Relies on his burst and size as a pass rusher and shows little in terms of pass rush technique. Flashes some explosiveness as a hitter but has just one forced fumble (2011) for his career. Only average strength at the point of attack, at this time. Loses track of the football and really could have used more seasoning before making the jump to the NFL. His "breakout" sophomore season of six sacks looks less impressive when one realizes that he recorded 3.5 of his sacks on the season against Florida A&M. Concerns about his maturity and work ethic.
Played in six contests, earning starts in the final three games of the season ... Finished the year with 18 tackles and 3.5 tackles for loss ... Also recorded 1.5 sacks ... Had his best game of the year against Florida State, finishing with a season-high five tackles and 1.5 tackles for loss ... Recovered a fumble against Duke.
Played in all 13 games, starting 11 ... Second on the team, and 11th in the ACC with 6.0 sacks ... Fourth on the team in tackles for loss with 10.5 ... Had a team season-high 3.5 sacks in the season opener against Florida A&M ... Also recorded a season-highseven tackles against the Rattlers.
Played in 11 games, garnering two starts first at Virginia Tech and against Wisconsin ... One of three true freshmen (along with FB Mike James and CB Brandon McGee) to play in double-digit games for the Hurricanes ... Ranked third among UM defensive linemen with 25 total tackles ... Tallied 12 total tackles in UM's first three games (at FSU, vs. Georgia Tech, at Virginia Tech) ... Recorded 5.0 tackles for a loss, including three in win over eventual ACC Champion Georgia Tech ... Also had a half a sack against the Yellow Jackets ... Had two quarterback hurries against Duke in UM's home finale ... Tallied five total tackles in the Hurricanes' regular season finale at USF ... Also had a career-high four solo tackles against Wisconsin in Champs Sports Bowl.
Enrolled in January ... No. 9 best defensive end prospect according to Scout.com and Rivals.com and No. 16 defensive end by ESPN.com ... As a sophomore, picked up 42 tackles and seven sacks, and as a junior recorded 52 tackles, 12.5 sacks, 21 tackles for losses and three fumble recoveries ... Named to the Mobile Super Southeast 120.
Draft Scout Player News
12/04/13 - DE Olivier Vernon won AFC Defensive Player of the Week honors for having 3.0 sacks and 10 tackles against the Jets. Vernon now has 10.5 sacks after a statistical update on Wednesday.
12/02/13 - DE Olivier Vernon had a season-best 10 tackles to go with his season-best 2.5 sacks against the Jets.
11/25/13 - DE Olivier Vernon applied steady pressure against Carolina, resulting in a sack and a quarterback hurry. Vernon has 6.5 sacks and is tied with DE Cam Wake for the team lead.
11/18/13 - DE Olivier Vernon continues to show a strong growth curve. After a slow start to the season he now has 5.5 sacks, second on the team.
11/13/13 - --DE Olivier Vernon (26 tackles, 4.5 sacks) is holding his own against the run. His pass rush has always been decent.