3 Under-the-Radar Breakout Candidates for the Cincinnati Bengals
Renell Wren was selected by the Bengals just last year in the fourth round. His collegiate career was marked with flashes of potential but little production, much like the start of his stint in Cincinnati.
Above you can see the athletic web of Wren compared to the average interior defensive lineman and see he is well above the norm in almost every regard. These attributes cause his burst off the line to be eye-popping. The Draft Network had this to say about his explosiveness,
"Has a tremendous blend of lower-body power, snap anticipation, and fleet-footedness."
These are the kind of attributes that can make him the perfect running mate for Geno Atkins. With Wren being so quick off the ball, he’s able to penetrate the line of scrimmage to disrupt run plays as well as terrorize opposing signal-callers. Take into consideration that Atkins is going to be drawing double teams, and it gives Wren even more of an opportunity to show off his athleticism.
With Andrew Billings set to be a free agent, there is a possibility Wren will have to step up in a big way. Thankfully, he has all the attributes in the world to help the Bengals fix their poor run defense and reach the quarterback more often.