Draft Pick Analysis: DE Oliver Vernon

What kind of players did the Dolphins get in the 2012 NFL draft? We break down each selection, looking at their college career and examining how they could fit into the team's plans. This installment looks at third-round pick Olivier Vernon.

DE Olivier Vernon, Miami

Selected: Round 3, 72nd overall

Size: 6-2, 261

College highlights: After arriving as a highly touted recruit, Vernon had a career at UM that he described as "unfulfilling." Vernon started only 16 games in three seasons at Miami before entering the draft as an underclassman. He was suspended for six games last season for his part in the agent-related scandal at Miami. Vernon ended up with nine career sacks, with a high of five in 2010 when he started 11 games.

Personal info: A local product, Vernon attended American High School before going to the University of Miami. A General Studies major in college, Vernon won't turn 22 until Oct. 7.

How he fits in: It's no secret the Dolphins entered the offseason looking for pass-rushing help for Cameron Wake, and in Vernon they got someone who's got a lot of the same traits. Vernon even has the same body type, even though he's a tad shorter. At the start at least, one wouldn't think Vernon would be more than a situational pass rusher, but any help he can provide in that department would be beneficial.

What he said: "I didn't get to fulfill everything I wanted at UM, but everything moves on and I feel like everything happens for a reason and it's my time to start a new chapter in my life on track right now with the Dolphins."

What Dolphins GM Jeff Ireland said: "Missing six games this year and really only starting three, didn't really have a great amount of production. But we trust our eyes and we trust what we see. We had a good conversation with Coach (Al) Golden. He believes in him, and he's one of our kind of guys. We talk in the same language that way, and I saw what (Golden) sees in him, so he's a guy I wouldn't be surprised if he has a big year and a big career also."


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