Vernon does not have the hands, hip fluidity, route running ability, or quickness to be an effective wr at the NFL level. He consistently catches with his body, is extremely tight in his hips, and has blown big play after big play due to an inability to follow a seemingly simple concept of dragging your feet near the sideline. Yes he is a GREAT TE because of the mismatch that he presents with his unusual speed and size combination.
The entire mismatch his game brings is that linebackers (who tend to struggle in coverage and would NEVER be asked to cover a wide receiver) struggle keeping up with his speed, but putting a cornerback on him in the interior would seriously expose them in the run game. If a team wanted to stop VD they would put a good sized cornerback on him and Gore would just burn them instead running to that side. By putting him on the outside, he becomes much less effective as a blocker and much easier to cover with a cb. What they should do is draft a TE like Fleener and pair him with VD in a 2 TE set. Delanie has not impressed and the diffference between Delanie and a mismatch TE (VD or Fleener) is night and day. This way we will have the speed and blocking mismatch provided by VD and the outlet/jump ball mismatch provided by Fleener.
[ Edited by 49oz2superbowl on Jan 26, 2012 at 8:15 AM ]