The Bengals selected Arizona State defensive tackle Renell Wren in the fourth round of the 2019 draft. Given the defensive line room he is walking into, Wren is primed to prosper in Cincinnati.
As you can see in snippets of the video below from the Scouting the NFL Draft YouTube channel, Wren’s initial burst off the ball is already fantastic. That alone should earn him some kind of spot in the defensive line rotation right away.
The biggest knock on Wren is that he does not really know how to rush the passer yet. He only played one here as a starter in college.
Rushing the passer is an absolute must in the modern NFL. Every player along any defensive front seven will eventually be asked to get after the quarterback at some point.
Enter Geno Atkins and Carlos Dunlap. In addition to doing everything right off the field, the veteran pass rushing duo has a combined 143.5 career sacks. Even last year while the defensive unit as a whole was atrocious, the pair still combined for 18 sacks.
For an incoming rookie like Wren who has a pass rushing deficiency, but freakish raw ability, there is no better place to have landed than Cincinnati.
Renell Wren was a 3-star prospect from St. Louis, Missouri who had little doubt in his mind where he wanted to play college football. Wren committed to Arizona State early in he recruiting process and never changed his mind. The defensive lineman has been one of the more underrated in this year’s draft due average production. When you watch him play though you’ll see a very disruptive player even if he doesn’t always finish. Wren has impressive physical traits and should have been more dominant in college. His explosion and strength is obvious but it looks like he hasn’t learned much in the way of technique from the Arizona State defensive line coaches. Wren has been spending his offseason preparing like every other NFL prospect but he has been trying to study his favorite players to help him get a hold of this technique thing. He spends his time watching tape on YouTube of Chris Jones and Fletcher Cox in hopes of getting a head start emulating their game. Wren knows what he has to work on now he’s hoping he goes to a good situation where he can show his true potential.