DE Olivier Vernon - Cleveland Browns

6-2, 261Born: 10-7-1990College: Miami (FL)Drafted: Round 3, pick 72 (2012)

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Summary

Landing Vernon was a great move by the Browns. They get a versatile 28 year old player with seven years of experience as a starter and a skill set that matches the scheme perfectly. The Brown want three down defensive ends on both sides. Vernon may not be as talented as Myles Garrett in terms of rushing the passer but he might be even stronger versus the run. Vernon has been equally successful as a 4-3 end and 3-4 outside linebacker which gives the coaching staff some options. Vernon has reached double digit sacks once in his career but has at least six and a half in each of the last six seasons. With the aggressive scheme and the talent around him, Vernon could push that double digit sack mark again in 2019. For IDP managers Vernon could be a draft day bargain. Having played linebacker last season, some managers may not realize he is back at end. For others the 30 combined tackles and seven sacks will lead them to under estimate his value. Those managers may not realize he missed more than a third of the 2018 season while recovering from a late August ankle sprain. (May 15)

FBG Staff Rankings

DE Redraft - 39, 13, 21
Overall Redraft - 60, 36
DE Dynasty - 13, 12, 15
Overall Dynasty - 33, 32, 43

Stats and Projections

YEARGTKLASTSCKFFFRINTPDTD
2016 NYG 16.0 45.0 18.0 8 1.0 1.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2017 NYG 12.0 23.0 15.0 7 2.0 0.0 1.0 1.0 0.0
2018 NYG 11.0 23.0 7.0 7 1.0 1.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2019 PROJ-Rudnicki 16.0 34.0 * * * * * * *
2019 PROJ-Norton 16.0 45.0 * * * * * * *

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