The 29-year-old netted a hat-trick in Wednesday's 5-0 League Cup thrashing of Falkirk but it was the likes of Joe Shaughnessy, Nicky Low and Cammy Smith who caught the eye with mature performances that belied their fresh-faced looks.
And former Blackpool frontman Vernon claims his fledgling colleagues are already showing signs they are men enough for first-team football.
He said: "It's brilliant for me as a striker. I've been here for four years now and the young lads we have coming through are the best bunch I have been involved with at any club.
"We have an average age of 22 although I bring that up a bit. But the lads are men now really and playing like men."
The drubbing inflicted upon the Bairns secured Derek McInnes' side a quarter-final slot against Motherwell and gives them an added boost ahead of Monday's Scottish Premiership clash with winless St Mirren.
Already third in the league table and now favourites to land the first trophy of the season following Celtic's surprise exit to Championship side Morton, Vernon says Derek McInnes' young squad now have the chance to end the club's 18-year wait for a trophy.
"Some of the lads were not even born the last time the club won a trophy and that just shows you how long ago it was. It's a shame for a club of this stature that it has been so long and we will be doing all we can to change that." he added.
McInnes' impact has been apparent on the pitch with a new confident approach.
But Vernon says the changes he has made behind the scenes at Pittodrie are just as stark.
"The preparation is so thorough now," he said. "It has to be in this day and age. It's all done to the finest detail so a lot of credit goes to the gaffer and Tony Docherty for doing that. He has brought in video analysis and sports scientists and that all adds to what happens out on the pitch.
"The way we are working now feels very modern. The gaffer is a manager who likes to be around the boys a lot and mingle with us. We enjoy that and it counts in our favour."