Vernon has turned his decent size and athleticism into very good production in a losing program. He is a creative and tough runner after the catch, enough so that Duke called his number a lot on bubble screens. Vernon is also a good receiver in the air who understands how to get his body between the defender and the ball in flight. He is also a sharp route runner, and can also contribute as an effective kick and punt returner.
Since he lacks outstanding quickness, speed, size or athleticism, Vernon is not much of a big-play receiver. He can be re-routed by a well-executed jam, and is not a very effective blocker. He also isn't that fast and lacks a second gear to create separation.