Olivier Vernon
Olivier Vernon
29-Year-Old Defensive EndDE
Cleveland Browns
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Acquired by trade from the Giants this offseason, Vernon is poised to take his game to the next level as he steps into a favorable playing situation with the Browns. The sack upside is obvious: Vernon averaged one for roughly every 100 snaps the last two years. In Cleveland, he'll see more pass-rushing opportunities as teams try to catch up to the high-octane offense, and the loaded front seven around him means Vernon rarely will see extra attention from offensive lines. He just needs to stay healthy after playing only 23 games the last two years. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a five-year, $85 million contract with the Giants in March of 2016. Traded to the Browns in March of 2019.
Picks up first sack
DECleveland Browns
September 29, 2019
Vernon made two solo tackles and a sack in Sunday's 40-25 win over the Ravens.
In a big divisional win over the Ravens, Vernon did his part by notching his first sack of the year. It's disappointing that it took him this long, but Vernon still has plenty of time to match last year's seven-sack mark.
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Measurables Review
How do Olivier Vernon's measurables compare to other defensive ends?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
6' 2"
262 lbs
40-Yard Dash
4.73 sec
Shuttle Time
4.50 sec
Cone Drill
7.39 sec
Vertical Jump
34.5 in
Broad Jump
122 in
Bench Press
31 reps
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Vernon had a modestly disappointing season in 2017, amassing 6.5 sacks and 37 total tackles in 12 games. With Jason Pierre-Paul gone, Vernon returns as the team's premier pass rusher, only now he's moving to outside linebacker rather than defensive end in the team's new 3-4 alignment.
Vernon wasn't the elite pass rusher the Giants might have hoped for when they signed him to a five-year deal worth about $17 million per season a year ago, but he was a solid contributor whose IDP value has a high floor due to his adequate skill set and heavy workload. Modest as his 8.5 sacks last year might have been, Vernon logged his second 60-tackle season in a row, and the fact that he played 1,040 defensive snaps assures he'll be among the leaders in opportunities at his position. Vernon also won't turn 27 until October, so his career year might still be coming.
A high-dollar addition in free agency, Vernon should get all the snaps he can take after the Giants paid up with a five-year, $85 million contract to lure him away from Miami. Vernon was good but not great the last three years, totaling 164 tackles and 25.5 sacks over that span, though he could prove a better fit in a defense that helped former first-round disappointment Robert Ayers total 9.5 sacks in just 12 games last year. Vernon won't turn 26 until October, so there's reason to hope he has room for further development.
After a 57-tackle, 11.5-sack season in 2013, Vernon disappointed last season. His 6.5 sacks were a significant regression, as he struggled in the season's second half, posting just two sacks in the last eight games. Vernon should find his work easier this season with Ndamukong Suh around to collapse the pocket and soak up double teams. He could also see more snaps this season with fellow DE Dion Jordan suspended for the year.
Vernon came out of nowhere last season to put up 11.5 sacks. It seems he took notice that the team drafted Dion Jordan in the first-round before the season to essentially challenge him, and he rose to that challenge. Vernon will still likely be in a training camp battle for the starting job with Jordan but now he may have the upper hand with Jordan having to prove that he deserves a majority of the playing time over Vernon. This may not be easy to do if Vernon can continue to put up double digit sack numbers this season.
Vernon had a solid rookie season for the Dolphins in 2012 with 3.5 sacks and 32 tackles but will likely be pushed for playing time by this year's first-round pick, Dion Jordan.
Vernon is not exactly a household name after totaling just 1.5 sacks in six games during his final year of college, but the in-town product is nonetheless a great sleeper to emerge as an IDP factor as a rookie. His athletic talents are well documented, and the Dolphins simply have no talent at defensive end outside of Cameron Wake. Vernon's top competition for snaps appears to be Jamaal Westerman, who had just 32 tackles and 3.5 sacks for the Jets last year as a 3-4 outside linebacker.
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Records two sacks Friday
DECleveland Browns
August 24, 2019
Vernon recorded four tackles and two sacks in Friday's preseason loss to the Buccaneers.
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Will play Saturday
DECleveland Browns
August 17, 2019
Vernon (hamstring) will play in Saturday's preseason game against the Colts, May Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com reports.
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Remains out Friday
DECleveland Browns
August 2, 2019
Vernon (hamstring) is not participating at practice Friday, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
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Managing hamstring injury
DECleveland Browns
July 31, 2019
Vernon suffered a hamstring injury Wednesday, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
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Dealt to Cleveland
DENew York Giants
March 8, 2019
The Giants are trading Vernon and a fourth-round pick to the Browns in exchange for guard Kevin Zeitler and a fifth-round selection, Art Stapleton of The Bergen Record reports.
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