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
01/04/16 - DE Olivier Vernon (7.0 sacks) completed his rookie contract and could enter free agency. Vernon was among the league leaders in quarterback hits, but not sacks. Still, he thinks he might be positioned for a big-money contract.
11/18/15 - DE Olivier Vernon is struggling to put up big numbers in the final year of his contract. Vernon, who had a career-best 11.5 sacks in 2013, has only two sacks this season. His career low was 3.5 sacks as a rookie in 2012. Vernon had 6.5 sacks last season.
11/09/15 - DE Olivier Vernon, expected to carry more of the load with DE Cam Wake (Achilles) sidelined, had seven tackles, including two for losses, vs. Buffalo. But he didn't have a sack.
10/31/15 - DE Olivier Vernon had a sack against New England on Thursday, and Miami will need lots more of that with DE Cam Wake (Achilles tendon) out for the season. Vernon, who is in a contract year, has two sacks this season.
10/19/15 - DE Olivier Vernon was flagged early in Sunday's game when he took a shot at Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota's knees. The Dolphins and Titans did lots of chirping after the play.
"It was BS," Tennessee head coach Ken Whisenhunt said. "I think it should be taken out of the game. It's not the way you play football. I think it was done with the idea of trying to hurt our quarterback."
Some think the aggression and intensity Miami interim coach Dan Campbell preached during the week spilled over a little too much with that play. But Vernon, who registered his first sack of the season later in the game, said the hit wasn't meant to cross the line.
"I've never been a dirty player in my whole career," he said, "so why would I start now?"