Player Capsule: Cade Cote
Position: Offensive Lineman
Weight: 295 pounds
2016 season quick review: Cote played in just one game last season, as a reserve against Northern Arizona.
SunDevilSource.com analysis: Arizona State signed six offensive linemen over a two-year period in 2014 and 2015. The two players signed in 2014, Quinn Bailey and Sam Jones, are solidified starters. Of the four signed in 2015, at least one will very likely be a starter this season, be it Steve Miller or Zach Robertson. Cade Cote was also in that 2015 class, one of four who signed with the Sun Devils at the position group.
Cote immediately bought into the program, spending time training at the facility in the spring -- taking advantage of his status as a local high school product out of Gilbert Williams Field -- even though he wasn't going enrolled until the fall. He added a lot of size in his first year and is now, after two seasons in, an averaged sized interior offensive linemen in the Pac-12. It's an adjustment learning how to play and do a lot of the same things while carrying 40 more pounds, but Cote is progressing reasonably well in that regard.
The best attribute Cote possesses is reasonably light, active feet. It can be a double edged sword though, because undisciplined purposeless movement is by no means a positive. He's been trying to strike the right balance in that regard. So Cote has to work to harness how he uses his feet, and also work to play more within himself as a blocker. Like a lot of young linemen, he has a tendency to too far extended and reach, and play with high hips.
Poise and timing are attributes that can be steadily improved. Cote has enough mobility and size to play the position so it's still reasonably possible that he develops enough that he eventually competes for playing time. But he's not separated enough in terms of eligibility from current starters and top reserves for that to be considered likely.
Projected depth chart status: Versatility is a pretty good attribute for Cote. He can play center or guard off the bench, or maybe even right tackle in a pinch. He's still early enough in his career that he has a chance to be a factor on the depth chart with additional development, and he has decent enough tools to work with to potentially get there.