Published: Apr 28, 2012 3:13 AM EDT
Updated: Apr 28, 2012 6:31 AM EDT

DAVIE, Fla. (AP) - The Miami Dolphins have selected Miami Hurricanes defensive end Olivier Vernon in the third round of the NFL draft.

The 6-foot-4, 265-pound Vernon was suspended for the first six games last season after an investigation showed he took extra benefits from a former booster during the recruiting process. He had 18 tackles in six games and decided to turn pro rather than return this year for his senior season.

Vernon started 11 games as a sophomore and had six sacks. He's the first Hurricane taken by the Dolphins since Vernon Carey in 2004.