Vernon is a big, strong, powerful defensive tackle who reminds me a lot of a
slimmed down Vince Wilfork. Vernon is a run stuffer with the ability to push the
pocket and change the line of scrimmage on just about every play. He has the
lateral agility and lower body strength to string plays out and hold the point
of attack to allow others to run free and make tackles behind the line of
scrimmage. If you make a mistake against Vernon he has the balance and foot
speed to get into the backfield and disrupted the play or sack a Quarterback. He
can play on the nose in a 3-4 or at defensive tackle in a 4-3 defense. Vernon
will control the middle of the line of scrimmage with power and the balance and
athletic talent that most players wish they had. He is a pure Defensive Tackle
with natural athletic talent, size and strength to impact quickly.
There are techniques that Vernon will have to work on to continue to improve.
Right now his athletic talent has served him well, but itís time to learn the
intricacies of the position and as soon as he does, he will become the type of
player you build your defense around.
TALENT BOARD ROUND: 1
Vernon plays defensive tackle with ease but the next level ďeaseĒ will not be
all that the needs. He looks on film to have the work ethic to continue to
improve and he will need it as he must get off blocks quicker or running backs
will be waving to him as they pass him by. He has to play with better leverage
because bull rushing an actual NFL offensive center will be harder if he doesnít
come off the line of scrimmage and gain leverage. Vernon has the potential to
impact the way Vince Wilfork impacted in his prime. He can control the middle of
the line of scrimmage against the run and on passing downs, he can disrupt those
pocket passers getting into the backfield or by pushing that pocket right back
in their faces and disrupting the rhythm of the play. I am big on building teams
through the lines first. Thatís just me thinking that if you canít stop the run
on defense and run the ball on offense, your team will not be successful. Vernon
is the type of player that will make your defense successful.