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Olivier Vernon | Defensive Lineman | #50

Team: Miami Dolphins
Age / DOB:  (25) / 10/7/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 275
College: Miami (FL)
Drafted: 2012 / Rd. 3 (72) / MIA
Contract: view contract details

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The Palm Beach Post believes there's "no doubt" that re-signing impending free agent RE Olivier Vernon is the Dolphins' "No. 1 priority."
With good reason. Although Lamar Miller is also a free agent, pass rushers are much harder to find than running backs. Vernon, 25, has started 46 games the past three seasons and appeared in all 64 since being drafted in the third round in 2012. He has 29 sacks over that span and just graded out as Pro Football Focus' No. 1-ranked 4-3 end, leading the position in quarterback hits and finishing second in combined pressures. Vernon is going to break the bank. Feb 3 - 9:31 AM

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The Dolphins have had no contract talks with contract-year RE Olivier Vernon.

Vernon is entering his age-24 season and the final year of his rookie deal. He's recorded 18 sacks over the past two seasons and plays above-average run defense. Vernon is expected to command Cameron Jordan money -- five years and $55 million with $33.5 million guaranteed -- at the very least and may be a candidate for the Dolphins' franchise tag. Miami may have to choose between on-the-rise Vernon or aging veteran LE Cameron Wake next offseason.
Tue, Jul 28, 2015 09:40:00 PM

Dolphins RE Olivier Vernon said he would be open to signing a contract extension with Miami.

Vernon is one of the most underrated pass rushers in the league. LE Cameron Wake gets all the attention, but Vernon has posted back-to-back solid seasons with 2014 being his best. He started all 16 games as a 24-year-old and finished with 6.5 sacks and 48 pressures one year after registering 11.5 sacks. PFF graded Vernon as a top-17 4-3 end. He's entering the final year of his rookie deal. The Dolphins have a bunch of talent on the defensive line.
Fri, Feb 6, 2015 10:04:00 AM

ESPN Dolphins reporter James Walker pegs RE Olivier Vernon as a player whose stock continues to rise.

Vernon led the Dolphins with his 11.5 sacks last season and returned to have a dominant spring. "He's real, real good," said new LT Branden Albert, who was beaten by Vernon for two sacks in a scrimmage last week. Vernon remains ahead of last year's No. 3 overall pick Dion Jordan for the starting job opposite LE Cameron Wake. The defensive line is the clear strength of the team in Miami.
Fri, Jun 27, 2014 11:10:00 AM

Dolphins RE Olivier Vernon is tied for sixth in the NFL in sacks (10.5) and earned AFC Defensive Player of the Week honors in Week 13.

He earned the honor by sacking Jets quarterbacks three times Sunday. The Dolphins' defensive line has been their brightest spot on a disappointing team, with Vernon bookending Cameron Wake, who has 6.5 sacks. Vernon won't get any Pro Bowl votes because he's not even on the ballot. "That’s a guy that’s not getting as much attention as he probably needs to be, or the credit that he deserves," said Ben Roethlisberger of Vernon in a pre-game conference call Wednesday. "He's playing at an extremely high level right now."
Wed, Dec 4, 2013 10:02:00 PM

Olivier Vernon is expected to be the Dolphins' starting right end this year.

Rookie Dion Jordan has simply missed too much practice time due to recurring shoulder trouble. Vernon is having a standout camp and looks like a possible plus starter opposite Cameron Wake. Vernon is an interesting DL3 IDP prospect.
Mon, Aug 12, 2013 04:03:00 PM

Dolphins RE Olivier Vernon has been "dominating" LT Jonathan Martin in training camp practices.

The Dolphins are trying to figure out if Martin is a problem, or if Vernon is blossoming into a legitimate threat off the edge as he enters his second season. Vernon posted 3.5 sacks in very limited action as a rookie, and he entered camp atop the depth chart at right end. He spent the offseason working out with and learning pass-rush moves from teammate LE Cameron Wake.
Sun, Aug 4, 2013 12:00:00 PM

Dolphins 2012 third-round pick Olivier Vernon opened training camp as the team's starting right defensive end.

The Fins loved what they saw from Vernon at spring workouts, and he flashed with 3.5 sacks on limited snaps as a rookie. This position may eventually go to Dion Jordan or perhaps incumbent RE Jared Odrick, but the Dolphins want Vernon geared up for an increased role. He has explosive pass-rushing traits.
Sun, Jul 21, 2013 04:03:00 PM

Dolphins second-year DE Olivier Vernon has taken reps with the first-team defense at OTAs.

With Randy Starks (franchise tag) and Dion Jordan (late graduation) both away from the offseason sessions, Vernon has worked as the first-team right end and Jared Odrick has been the starting tackle next to Paul Soliai. Vernon won't be an every-down player in 2013, but he should have a role in sub-packages. The 2012 third-round pick registered 3.5 sacks off the bench as a rookie.
Mon, Jun 10, 2013 03:08:00 PM

Dolphins GM Jeff Ireland said DE Olivier Vernon is "going to get much, much better."

Vernon, a 2012 third-round pick out of Miami, will spend the offseason working out with and learning pass-rush moves from Cameron Wake. "This is a big offseason for [Vernon], and that's an understatement," Wake said. Vernon registered 3.5 sacks as a nickel rusher as a rookie. He has explosive rush potential.
Sun, Feb 10, 2013 11:48:00 AM

Dolphins DE Olivier Vernon was forced from Sunday's game against the Rams with an ankle injury, but returned following a short absence.

Vernon got his ankle rolled up pretty badly on a kick return, but ended up missing only a few series. A situational pass rusher, Vernon notched a sack before his departure.
Sun, Oct 14, 2012 02:12:00 PM

Dolphins signed third-round DE Olivier Vernon to a four-year contract.

Though Vernon didn't play much as a junior at Miami last year due to participation in the Hurricanes' scandal, he possesses exciting off-the-ball explosion and drew positive reviews throughout spring practices. The Dolphins desperately need another pass rusher to book end RE Cameron Wake. Vernon could be that guy on passing downs, replacing LE Jared Odrick in the nickel.
Wed, Jul 25, 2012 02:05:00 PM

According to the Palm Beach Post, the Dolphins plan to use No. 72 pick DE Olivier Vernon as an edge rusher in nickel situations.

Vernon notched just 1.5 sacks in six games as a junior, but is a favorite of venerated Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel draft guru Bob McGinn. Vernon has loads of natural pass-rush ability, and will be worth keeping an eye on in IDP leagues as a rookie.
Tue, May 8, 2012 11:48:00 AM

The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel's Bob McGinn suggests Dolphins third-round pick Olivier Vernon might turn out to be the best value pick in the draft.

It should be noted that McGinn is the most plugged-in draftnik in the nation. McGinn describes Vernon as a "tough guy, physical, explosive" and believes he should have been a second-round pick. Vernon's career path was headed for stardom as a sophomore before the Nevin Shapiro fiasco ruined his final college season. He will be a down defensive end in Kevin Coyle's 4-3 scheme.
Sat, May 5, 2012 11:51:00 AM

Dolphins selected Miami DE Olivier Vernon with the No. 72 overall pick in the 2012 NFL draft.

The Dolphins stayed in the same area code with this selection and took Vernon who left school after his junior season after being linked to the Shapiro fiasco. Vernon is versatile player that has experience as a defensive end in four man fronts or rushing the passer in a two-point stance. A talented athlete that posted six sacks as a true sophomore, Vernon struggles with counter moves, especially when having to start his motor after his momentum was stopped.
Fri, Apr 27, 2012 09:43:00 PM

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