James Dockery, CB, Oregon State

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James Dockery, CB, Oregon State

Postby Pudge » Tue Apr 05, 2011 10:56 am

Oregon State Senior
40: 4.52


Has decent hips and speed to turn and run with receivers. Shows nice backpedal. Comfortable playing in either press or off coverage. Shows some ball skills, able to turn and locate the deep ball, as well as jumping the out and breaking up the pass. Shows some potential and awareness when working in zone. Able to keep things in front of him. Shows ability to break down and wrap up ballcarrier at the point of attack, and does a good job preventing receivers from getting yards after the catch.


Gives up too many big plays, particularly on the deep throws. Struggles against the slants because he lacks ideal hips and burst. Doesn't show great balance out of his breaks. Lacks the ball skills to reliably break up the deep pass. Will give up too much cushion when working in off coverage and gets turned around at times. Is light, and undersized tackler as he's not reliable making the stop in the open field. Doesn't do a good job getting off blocks on the edge and loses outside contain.


Dockery has tools with nice length, speed, and technique. He works on an island at Oregon State, which you like to see, but he's not a guy that has the skills to match up against quality receivers at the collegiate or pro level. He's not a guy that will regularly get abused, but he's also not going to stop anybody. A two-year starter that combined for 94 tackles, 3 for loss, 6 picks, and 13 breakups. MIssed all of his sophomore campaign in 2008 with a torn ligament in his knee.


Dockery has enough skills to compete at the next level, and the fact that he was regularly left on an island against premium competition in the Pac-10 tells you he has the mental capacity to handle that. But he's limited and at best you're hoping for is a nickel corner that is wiling to compete. If he can get bigger and stronger, he stands a better chance since he's not a reliable tackler. He played around 175 pounds, and with his long frame, you want him to be closer to around 195 before you can trust him there. He's good enough to add depth, but may not have the great upside that a team is going to really invest in developing him. So his value early on will likely entirely depend on his ability to play special teams. If he can impact there, he stands a good chance of sticking so that he can develop down the road. More than likely, he'll be more of a No. 4 corner throughout his career, but if he can develop some more, it wouldn't surprise me if he develops into a decent No. 3 guy down the road.


Dockery can add depth in Atlanta, but he doesn't have anymore upside to develop than either Franks or Owens as the nickel cornerback. And unless he polishes up his technique and footwork, he's just a body that will help out on special teams. He's an OK insurance policy, but the Falcons will definitely have opportunities down the road to add better corners to help out their depth. And thus, his chances of remaining a Falcon will depend on his value on special teams. If he can perform there, he can stick. If not, then he's just a body that will have trouble lasting beyond three or four seasons.


Dockery deserves some looks in the late rounds, and a team using a sixth or seventh rounder on him won't be wasting that pick.

1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite

Speed: 3.5
Man Coverage: 3.0
Zone Coverage: 3.0
Tackling: 2.0
Ball Skills: 3.0
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