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.
Has active Week 17
DECleveland Browns
January 1, 2020
Vernon had two tackles and half a sack in a 33-23 loss to the Bengals in Week 17. He finished the season with 26 tackles, 3.5 sacks and one forced fumble over 10 games.
ANALYSIS
Vernon played 53 snaps (77 percent), the most activity since Week 9 against Denver. The 29-year-old defensive end initially was a formidable pairing along with Myles Garrett at the opposite end, but he dealt with a knee injury over the second half of the season that limited his output. It was the third straight season he failed to play a full 16-game season. Vernon, who has one year remaining on a five-year contract, is expected to return as a starter on a potentially productive defensive line.
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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.
Height
6' 2"
 
Weight
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
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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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Will return Week 17
DECleveland Browns
December 29, 2019
Vernon (knee) is active Week 17 against Cincinnati.
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Questionable for season finale
DECleveland Browns
Knee
December 27, 2019
Vernon (knee) is officially listed as questionable for Sunday's divisional contest against the Bengals, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
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Chance to face Bengals
DECleveland Browns
Knee
December 26, 2019
Coach Freddie Kitchens said Thursday that Vernon (knee) has "a chance" to suit up for Sunday's season finale in Cincinnati, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
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Inactive, as expected
DECleveland Browns
Knee
December 22, 2019
Vernon (knee) is inactive Week 16 against the Ravens.
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Headed for third straight absence
DECleveland Browns
Knee
December 22, 2019
Vernon (knee) is expected to miss the Browns' Week 16 matchup against the Ravens, Josina Anderson of ESPN reports.
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