Renell Wren

Arizona State
DL

Prospect Info

College
Arizona State
Hometown
Class
St. Louis, Mo.
r-Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 5"
294 lbs
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Prospect Grade

5.56
Chance to Become NFL Starter
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Wren was a four-star recruit and first-team all-state pick from St. Louis but struggled to make an impact through his first four years with the Sun Devils. He redshirted his first year on campus, then played in just four games the following year (one tackle for loss). Wren started once as a sophomore, making 16 stops, six for loss, 1.5 sacks, and three pass breakups in 12 games. He had some productivity as a junior (21 tackles, three for loss, one interception), though he could only break into the starting lineup in three games despite his athleticism and large frame. Wren began disrupting plays more regularly as a 13-game starter in 2018, posting 43 tackles, 4.5 for loss, one sack, and two pass breakups to earn honorable mention All-Pac-12 honors.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
NFL Comparison
Kedric Golston
Overview
Enticing prospect offering size, strength and athleticism to entice NFL general managers who covet elite traits over college production. Wren's play was uneven while aligned on the nose in 2018, but he should benefit from a move to defensive tackle in an odd or even front as a pro. The cheat code in unlocking his ability and production might rest in a team's ability to correct his hands and feet while improving recognition. With all things considered, "boom or bust" might be an appropriate tag for him.
Strengths
  • Physical specimen with broad upper body and proportional thickness in lowers
  • Freaky athlete with elite explosion and power numbers in the weight room
  • Coaches will salivate over size and moldable talent
  • Frame offers consideration in odd or even fronts
  • Plus snap reaction gains early entry into neutral zone
  • His play features disruptive flashes in the gaps
  • Lethal potential as penetrator with development of a swim move
  • Tools to become adept as both 1- and 2-gap player
  • Strength in hands to jolt and separate with more work
  • Despite a lack of rush production, does have potential as pocket pusher
Weaknesses
  • Much more active than productive
  • Play lacks control and consistency
  • Pops upright out of stance, with leverage immediately compromised
  • Shoddy footwork early in rep promotes balance inconsistencies
  • Narrow base and lack of bend hinder anchor
  • Inconsistent to square pads at point of attack
  • Needs inside hands and earlier arm extension to access his 2-gap control
  • Read-and-react needs vast improvement
  • Gets caught behind move blocks despite his lateral quickness
  • Rush attack reliant on force and quickness over skill and counters

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GRADE
9.00-10
Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99
Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99
Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49
Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99
Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49
Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99
Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49
NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19
Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00
50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99
Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74
Chance to be in an NFL training camp
NO GRADE
Likely needs time in developmental league