Draft Pick Q&A: DE Olivier Vernon
Olivier Vernon

Posted May 3, 2012


Each of the Dolphins' nine selections in the 2012 NFL draft spoke to the media via conference call after being picked. Here's what third-round pick Olivier Vernon, a defensive end from the University of Miami, had to say.

On how does it feel to be drafted by Miami: “I really can’t explain it right now. I’m excited. I’m excited to be a Dolphin.”

On having contact with the Dolphins prior to today: “No. I just worked out for the Dolphins during Miami Day so it was only from pro day and then when we had a private workout. That was the last time I met with the Dolphins.”

On what are your strengths: “I feel like I can bring a person that wants to win. Another winning mindset to the team. We need to get back on track.”

On how would you characterize your career at the University of Miami: “I would characterize as not fulfilled. 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.”

On what factors keep you from fulfilling your goals: “Just a little minor setbacks with the suspensions and everything, but I feel like we have to move pass that and just start a new chapter with the Dolphins.”

On when you were on the field, how do you think you played: “Every time I play on the field, I play to compete. I play to dominate my opponent every time I step on the field in front of somebody.”

On where did you expected to be selected: “Honestly, I really didn’t know where I was going to go honestly. I was hoping to get an opportunity just to get picked on a team.”

On what areas do you need to improve: “I would say learning more of the game and working on my technique.”

On what do you expect your role will be with the Dolphins: “Honestly, I don’t know. I really don’t know. Just being a team player right now from what I know.”

On the team informing him about playing more 4-3 defense this season: “Yes.”


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