Renell Wren Could Provide The Boom On Defense In Need

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Projected as a boom or bust draft prospect Arizona State defensive lineman Renell Wren has come a long way since his high school days as a skinny defensive end.

HIGH SCHOOL

In high school Renell Wren was a Scout.com four-star prospect with a long and lean frame and considered the No. 36 overall defensive end in the country. Standing 6-foot-5, 245-pounds out of Saint Louis (MO) Lutheran North High School, Wren was wanted by several programs and recruited by current Cincinnati Bearcats defensive coordinator Marcus Freeman when he was at Purdue.  However, despite holding offers from Midwest programs like Michigan State, Nebraska, Missouri, Purdue and Illinois, Wren went to the warm weather of Arizona State.

COLLEGE

Wren redshirted his first year at ASU then saw action in four games in a back-up role in year two. In the following seasons Wren continued to grow and see more playing time with his fourth year in the Sun Devils program being the first he stepped up his game playing in all 13 games with 21 tackles and 15 total quarterback pressures.

PRE DRAFT

Projected to go in the third or fourth round of the draft bringing a combination of size, strength and athletic ability despite not being a highly productive player until late in his career. Keep in mind Wren was a defensive end and 245-pounds coming out of high school so some of his delay on the field was from off field development. While at times Wren shows flashes of being a high-level player, he’ll enter the NFL as a project.

EVALUATION

Shows flashes of being a great player but needs work with his overall technique, especially his footwork. Because of his athletic ability Wren is a solid project to take a chance on as all the physical tools are there for him to develop into a solid pocket pusher. Tested well at the NFL Combine posting a 5.01 40-yard dash to go with 30 bench press reps and a vertical jump of 32.0 inches. While some may question the pick, we feel he’ll play early and often and could make an impact on a Bengals defense that has struggled as a back-up this season and possible starter the next.

FIRST STAR FOOTBALL REPORT DRAFT GRADE

B

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Dave Berk

Team publisher and recruiting analyst for Scout.com from 2002-2017. Founded Dave Berk Consulting (DaveBerkConsulting.com), a football recruiting consulting company focused on helping families through the recruiting process in 2016. Founded First Star Football Report in fall of 2018. Has appeared on national, regional and local television and radio including NFL Network, FOX Sports Radio, Sporting News Radio, 700 WLW, 980 WONE, WCPO CH9 and more. Provided recruiting analysis for FOX Sports Ohio weekly high school game of the week in Southwest Ohio area and was an analyst for the Time Warner Sports (Spectrum Sports) Ohio National Signing Day show.

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