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Olivier Vernon No. 21 on PFF list of top players of 2015

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NFL: Miami Dolphins at Detroit Lions
Olivier Vernon
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While you are continuing your love-hate relationship with Pro Football Focus, stewing over Odell Beckham Jr. of the New York Giants placing only 37th on PFF's top 101 players of 2015 and being only the fifth-ranked wide receiver, PFF has a little bit of brighter news for Giants fans.

Newly-signed defensive end Olivier Vernon is ranked No. 21 overall in PFF's final installment of the top 101.

PFF says:

There may have been no better player in football over the final eight games of the season than Olivier Vernon, and had he played sixteen games at that level, we would likely be looking at the No. 1 player on this list, instead of No. 21. The fact that he ranks this high shows just how obscene those eight games were, and in them he managed to total 57 defensive pressures and 33 stops, figures that better many starters over the entire year. Vernon was practically unstoppable over the second half of the season, but the first half was just reasonable. Still, few players enjoyed the peak performance the newly-signed Giant put forth in 2015 for the Dolphins.

Best performance: Week 15 at San Diego: +12.8

Key stat: Vernon produced 57 total pressures and 33 defensive stops over the final eight games of the season.

The Giants handed Vernon a five-year, $85 million contract with a gargantuan guarantee of $52.5 million hoping to get the "practically unstoppable" version of Vernon. Let's hope they get what they paid for.