Olivier Vernon
Olivier Vernon
28-Year-Old Defensive EndDE
Cleveland Browns
2018 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a five-year, $85 million contract with the Giants in March of 2016.
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.
This is a rare swap of two high-quality starters, with the Browns getting a small draft bonus for taking on Vernon's large contract. The 28-year-old pass rusher had 131 tackles and 22 sacks in 39 games for the Giants, providing a solid return on his five-year, $85 million deal. Vernon will now team up with Myles Garrett in Cleveland to form one of the more impressive pass-rushing duos in the NFL.
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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 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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Finishes strong
DENew York Giants
January 2, 2019
Vernon logged five total tackles and two sacks in Sunday's 36-35 loss to the Cowboys.
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Records 1.5 sacks in win
DENew York Giants
December 11, 2018
Vernon logged five tackles (four solo) and 1.5 sacks during Sunday's 40-16 win over Washington.
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Posts two sacks Sunday
DENew York Giants
December 3, 2018
Vernon recorded five tackles (all solo), including two sacks, and forced a fumble in Sunday's overtime win over the Bears.
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Recovers fumble in loss
DENew York Giants
October 30, 2018
Vernon recorded three tackles (one solo) and a fumble recovery across 58 defensive snaps in Sunday's loss to the Redskins.
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Notches sack
DENew York Giants
October 12, 2018
Vernon had two tackles and a sack in Thursday's 34-13 loss to the Eagles, his first game back from a preseason ankle injury.
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