Miami (Fla.) - Hurricanes
Olivier Vernon - #35 - OLB-DE
|Event||Ht||Wt||Hand||Arm||Wing||Wonderlic||40 yard||BP||BJ||VJ||20s||60s||3 Cn|
|03/08/2012 Miami (Fla.) Pro Day||6-2 7/8||262||10 1/8||32 7/8||80 1/2||4.66|
|02/29/2012 Combine||6-2 1/8||261||10 1/8||33||79 1/8||4.76||31||10'2"||34 1/2||4.50||7.42|
First name is pronounced “OH-liv-ee-ay,” as he was named by his Swedish mother after Sir Laurence Olivier. The Florida prep played in only one contest his senior season because of an ankle injury but sacked future teammate Jacory Harris three times in the game. Enrolled at Miami in January 2009 to participate in spring drills before seeing action in 11 games (two starts at right end) in the fall as a true freshman, recording 25 tackles, seven tackles for loss and 1 1⁄2 sacks. Missed two games after injuring in his leg in his first career start at Virginia Tech. Started 11-of-13 games at right end in ’10 and posted 39-10 1⁄2-6. Was suspended by the NCAA for first six games of the ’11 season and had to repay $1,200 for accepting impermissible benefits from a former UM booster. Returned to play in the last six contests of the season and started the final three games, finishing with 18-3 1⁄2-1 1⁄2 with one forced fumble.Positives:
Very strong — presses blockers and sets the edge. Plays with aggression. Flashes an explosive take-off. Showed good movement skill and quick, explosive hands through bag drills at the Combine. Athletic enough to fall back into coverage. Good football character — carries “The U” passion for the game. Confident and competitive. Very tough.Negatives:
Developing eyes and instincts. Still very raw and learning how to gauge his body power. Shows some tightness in his hips and can learn to play with more consistent knee bend and better leverage. A bit straight-linish and stiff. Minimal sack production, much of which came against lesser competition. Made few plays. Questionable personal character. Immature.Summary:
An athletic, power rusher who disappointed after returning to action late following a suspension-shortened season. Looked rusty when he returned as a junior, but sophomore tape reveals more seasoned strength, athletic ability and toughness. A developmental strong-side 3-4 rush linebacker with potential to factor as a base end in a 4-3 front.
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