Player capsule: Quinn Bailey
Position: Offensive lineman
Weight: 307 pounds
2016 season quick review: In his third year with the program, Bailey played in all 12 of the Sun Devils' games last season and was a primary starter on the right side of the offensive line. He has played both guard and tackle and spent most of his action at right tackle.
SunDevilSource.com analysis: Diligent and dedicated, Bailey has improved significantly over the course of the last few years at ASU. The most obvious example of this is with his technique on pass protection. He's really refined and smoothed out the coordination of movement on his kick step and how he's synced up his upper and lower halves. It's enabled him to have better range when combating speed on the edge from the upper echelon pass rushers in the Pac-12, of which there are only a handful that could prove problematic for Bailey at this stage of his development.
Bailey's had a lot of help developing in this area due to the personnel on the ASU roster. Hybrid rush end Koron Crump is one of the better athletes in the league in terms of his ability to gain the edge and put offensive tackles in difficult positions on an island. That's seemingly helped further Bailey's development in this key facet of the game over the last year. Even so, he'll have to continue to improve his ability to get depth and be balanced to expand to handle speed on the perimeter, as there's usually about a handful of Pac-12 players capable of exploiting this, particularly in a loud road environment. The form of his sets are much better, but increased foot quickness and more consistent hand location and speed when managing such edge pressure will allow him to continue to improve.
Bailey has quite a bit of pop behind his pads against the run and is particularly jarring for an offensive tackle on down blocks. He has good leverage releasing off the football in the run game and accesses his lower body strength in a very functional way. For his height and size, this is a real asset. He has the ability to fire out and be very capable in the inside, outside and stretch concepts the Sun Devils employ, with a nice understanding of how to use angles, and how he stays relatively compact. He also tends to sustain blocks effectively in the run game. These attributes make him a strong candidate to play right guard as well.
Projected depth chart status: Bailey is all but certain to be a mainstay starter at right tackle for the Sun Devils. He's clearly as prepared to start as anyone on the team at tackle. The only plausible scenario in which Bailey doesn't start at tackle involves Zach Robertson playing his way up to the starter level, which could lead to ASU coaches shifting Bailey inside to right guard and leave Steve Miller as the odd man out.