Photo of Olivier Vernon
Drafted By: Dolphins
  • Round 3
  • Pick 9
  • Overall 72

Combine Results

82.0 ?
  • 4.80 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 31 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 34.5 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 122.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.39 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.50 SEC
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Combine Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

Mayock's take: "Out of all the underclassmen that came out this year, and I didn't think many should have, Vernon is one that I banged the table for. He's a solid 4-3 defensive end who can get edge pressure on the quarterback."

  • 6'2" Height
  • 33" Arm Length
  • 261LBS. Weight
  • 10 1/8" Hands


Vernon entered the draft after a disappointing year in which he only started three games after slowly coming back from an NCAA suspension. He is an undersized defensive end who likely will be moved to outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense, where he has much more value. He excels as an edge rusher and has a serious opportunity to boost his second-round value because he has so much to offer.



Vernon is a strong and powerful athlete who gets good leverage to set the edge. He is solid against the run and can play from different alignments. He also is a very competitive player who is capable of working sideline to sideline.


Vernon is limited simply by his inexperience. He hasn't had many opportunities to cover in man schemes and really struggled the few times he was asked to blanket faster players.
Grade Title Draft (Round) Description
96-100 Future Hall of Famer Top Pick A once-in-a-generation type prospect who could change how his position is played
85-95 Immediate Starter 1st An impact player with the ability/intangibles to become a Pro Bowl player. Expect to start immediately except in a unique situation (i.e. behind a veteran starter).
70-84 Eventual Starter 2nd-3rd A quality player who will contribute to the team early on and is expected to develop into a starter. A reliable player who brings value to the position.
50-69 Draftable Player 4th-7th A prospect with the ability to make team as a backup/role player. Needs to be a special teams contributor at applicable positions. Players in the high range of this category might have long-term potential.
20-49 Free Agent UDFA A player with solid measurables, intangibles, college achievements, or a developing skill that warrants an opportunity in an NFL camp. In the right situation, he could earn a place on a 53-man roster, but most likely will be a practice squad player or a camp body.