For those not knowing, Vernon is of Haitian descent, Oliver is pronounced like Sir Lawrence of classic movie fame, and his dad is a Miami cop. Back to football, and what PFF had to say of him in his rookie season.
He played 445 snaps (39%), and was rated the #34 overall DE in a 4-3. He dropped into coverage 54 times, with a good grade of +2.5. He played the run 102 times, with a good grade of +2.8.
Vernon rushed the QB 289 times, with 3 sacks, 7 QB hits, and 11 hurries. His grade was a negative 6.1. Not good, and shows that he left a lot of plays on the field. This is understandable for a rookie.
From what I have heard, he worked his ass off in the off season, and I expect a lot of improvement this season. It's important for the team, as he and Misi at DE give us the options of picking and choosing how to bring Jordan into the mix. This also allows Wake to be fresher in the 4th quarter, and Odrick to move inside more.
Vernon is a very important part of what this D will do this year.