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Teams willing to invest some time and take the challenge of extracting effort and dedication from Wren could find a diamond in the rough.
Wren signed with Arizona State as a four-star recruit but never seemed to get on track under coach Todd Graham. Wren redshirted his first season on campus and started just four combined games over the next three years, posting a combined 37 tackles, 10 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks.
Former NFL head coach Herm Edwards may have recognized Wren's exceptional raw talent. The light came on in 2018 and Wren posted 43 tackles, including 4.5 for loss and a sack, earning an invitation to the Senior Bowl.
Wren is a classic case of looking like Superman and playing like Clark Kent. He lacks natural football instincts, instead resorting to a bull-in-a-china-shop playing style that appears better suited to competing as a professional wrestler.
Wren has the traits of a first-round pick, but the production and technique of a free agent.
Physically imposing, boasting above-average height, arm length (33 ¾ inches) and an athletic, evenly proportioned frame. Remarkable initial explosiveness off the snap, routinely disrupting the action with his upfield burst. Shot out of a cannon, Wren can blow up the center and ruin short yardage conversion attempts.
While explosive, too often Wren just flies into the window.
He fails to locate the ball, struggling to re-direct and too often losing the leverage battle by standing up at the snap, allowing shorter, less athletic (but more technically-sound) blockers to control him.
At times, Wren uses his length and explosive upper body strength to bench press would-be blockers, rag-dolling opponents with a push/pull move to disengage. He flashes impressive power with his bull rush, walking the center deep into the backfield to re-establish the line of scrimmage to crowd the quarterback.
Projection: Third Round
--Field Level Media