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,27commentsHow do you feel about the Bengals selecting a tight end this high?EDTShareTweetShareShareApproval Poll: Bengals nab Washington TE Drew SampleTrevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY SportsThe Bengals had a great Thursday night when they added Jonah WIlliams to help a struggling offensive line. They followed that up on Friday night by selecting tight end Drew Sample out of Washington.Sample is known for his blocking ability. He wasn’t a huge factor in the passing game, but it looks like Cincinnati saw something special in Sample, who only caught 25 passes his senior season.The second round started with a run on cornerbacks and offensive lineman. We also saw teams far more willing to wheel and deal early on. There were three trades through the first six picks in the second round. Unfortunately, that got rid of many of the players that fans may have been hoping would fall to Cincinnati.Of course, the Bengals also made a move back to acquire this pick, which originally belonged to the Steelers. Cincinnati allowed the Broncos to move up and take quarterback Drew Lock Carlos Dunlap Jersey White
, and Cincinnati gained an extra fourth round pick (no. 125) and yet another sixth round pick (no. 182).Sample may not have been the sexiest pick, but the Bengals may see C.J. Uzomah as their future receiving tight end and Tyler Eifert still likely in his last team with the team. The reason for that is if Eifert proves he can stay healthy and has a huge year, he could end up signing a contract that the Bengals won’t be willing to match. Also, if Eifert fails to stay healthy, it is hard to imagine Cincinnati gives him another one-year contract for a third season in a row.Sample is going to be easily viewed as a reach due to him not being a flashy receiving tight end, but he could be a great fit for Zac Taylor’s offense. He could also really help open up holes for Joe Mixon going forward.What do you think? Renell Wren could be a name we look back on and wonder just how he fell into the Bengals lap." />Skip to main contentclockmenumore-arrownoyesHorizontal - WhiteCincy Junglea Cincinnati Bengals communityLog In or Sign UpLog InSign UpFanpostsFanshotsSectionsLibraryBengalsOddsAboutMastheadCommunity GuidelinesStubHubMoreAll 322 blogs on Horizontal - WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections #BITESIZEFilm RoomRoster Transactions and ContractsOrange & Black InsiderSalary Cap And CBAFiled under:NFL DraftAnalysisBreaking down the Bengals’ selection of Renell WrenNew Anthony Munoz Jersey
,4commentsRenell Wren could be a name we look back on and wonder just how he fell into the Bengals lap.EDTShareTweetShareShareBreaking down the Bengals’ selection of Renell WrenPhoto by Christian Petersen/Getty ImagesThe Bengals started out the final day of the draft by trading up and addressing the backup quarterback position with Ryan Finley. 21 picks later, they used their second fourth-round pick to take defensive tackle Renell Wren out of Arizona state.Wren is a raw prospect who will be added to a defensive line looking for more depth as well as future players.What Wren brings to the BengalsAthletic profile: Wren is what you’d imagine when you think of a project player. He has great strength and speed for his size at 6’4” and 295 pounds. He also has the length that the Bengals simply don’t have in the middle. You can see what I’m talking about when you watch just how quickly he can get off the ball.Ability to plug the middle: The Bengals run defense was just plain bad last year, and it was clear at times they didn’t have enough big guys to properly rotate and defend the run. Wren can step into that rotation from the start. Here is another example of him destroying a play.Traits that project well as a pass rusher: When we say Wren is raw, he doesn’t really have pass rush moves. It seems like at times he coasted off of his physical ability in college. He will now be in a room with guys who will sit him down and make sure he understands how to properly attack the quarterback in the NFL. Why the Bengals selected WrenDepth: Last year the Bengals had to rely on guys like Sam Hubbard, Michael Johnson and Jordan Willis to kick inside far too often. You shouldn’t expect that to stop in obvious passing situations, but Wren can be another guy in the rotation to help keep guys like Geno Atkins fresh during a game.High Ceiling: Wren was never very productive at Arizona State. His NFL career could be where he plays his best football. He just needs to learn more about how offensive lines will be trying to block him Michael Johnson Jersey
, and he needs to develop some technique in pass rushing. If he can do that, he has all the God given ability in the world to potentially be a starter some day.Versatility: You can expect to see Wren at nose tackle and 3-technique during his career with the Bengals. He has the physical tools to really be successful in both roles once he develops his game a little bit more. The Bengals absolutely love guys who can do multiple things. When you have a guy who is that quick at getting off the ball who knows how to use his power, you just have to get him on the field however you can.The future: It is no secret that Atkins isn’t getting any younger. He will be 32-years-old after the 2019 season is over. They need to start planning for who could take his place, and Wren is a guy who could possibly do that if he is able to take in what the Bengals and Atkins are going to teach him. Imagine this guy learning what he is doing on the field.