Player Capsule: Emanuel Dayries
Position: Defensive Tackle
Weight: 295 pounds
2015 season quick review: Dayries redshirted in 2015 after playing a very limited role as a reserve in 2014 as a true freshman.
SunDevilSource.com analysis (06/2016): ASU coaches were able to redshirt Dayries last season after he was pressed into action out of Louisiana as a true freshman. Dayries has enough of a physical presence to play the position at this level but needs to continue to get stronger and more skilled in order to do so effectively. As a one-technique tackle playing off the center he tends to do a pretty fair job of hanging in there and not getting run off the ball. That's a solid start, but there's a wide gap between that and being able to semi-regularly collapse the pocket, or exploit a gap and make plays and Dayries isn't yet demonstrating enough of that in a practice setting to warrant extensive action.
Athletically there are some limitations as it relates to fit within the scheme, as Dayries' quickness isn't on par with several fellow ASU defensive tackles, for example. But he has the ability to square off at the line of scrimmage and sit in against the run. If he can build off that by adding more power and be increasingly able to compact the interior of the offensive line he has the potential to become a serviceable rotational player.
(07/2015): As a freshman, Dayries was called into action in the second half of last season after ASU had some issues with healthy and available depth, and performed well for his relatively youth and lack of experience. Dayries isn't someone who is going to destabilize an offensive backfield with quickness, but he is stout and holds ground relatively well, which should just increase as he physically matures and gets more understanding and technical proficiency.
ASU's scheme doesn't require really heavy two-gap nose tackles and the 6-foot-3, 295 pound Dayries is a fine fit for the position. Now it's a matter of greater refinement, and adding power so he can move guys around more easily and make it tougher for offensive lines to execute play design.
Projected depth chart status: Playing time won't be easy to come by but Dayries has a chance if he can battle classmate Renell Wren and gain enough confidence from coaches to be used as a second-string rotation player at the one-technique tackle position. It's unlikely we see both of those players earn a reasonable share of game reps off the bench, but one could if he elevates his play through preseason camp.