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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.