Is stiff when asked to turn and run, struggles to quickly get back up to speed and consistently allows wideouts to get behind him. Lacks the type of straight-line speed to make up for a false step and isn't a guy who I would trust to hold up on the outside at the next level.
Displays an above-average feel in zone coverage, recognizing routes develop around him, getting early jumps on the football and putting himself in position to make plays. However, lacks ideal balance in his footwork when asked to change directions and redirect, which really takes away from his ability to click and close on throws in all areas of the game.
Impression: A nice-sized cornerback, but lacks the fluidity, balance and make-up speed to hold his own in man coverage at the next level."
2009: James made the impact in the secondary that was expected before his 2008 season was derailed by injury ... the only member of the secondary to start all 13 games ... two interceptions, tied for second on the team ... made first career interception at USC ... picked off a pass early in the Oregon game to set up a touchdown ... tallied 1.5 tackles-for-loss at California ... had 10 passes defended, tied for seventh in the Pac-10.
2008: An expected major impact player missed all of the season with a knee injury.
2007: Made 12 tackles as a redshirt freshman ... played in every game.
PALM DESERT: James lettered three years in football and basketball ... 56 receptions for 995 yards and nine touchdowns as a wide receiver his senior year, and 119 tackles and 10 interceptions ... first team All-Desert Valley League as a senior and the conference's defensive MVP ... his 10 interceptions set a single season record for the program as did his 17 for his career ... FSN West named him one of California's top-10 recruits ... team captain in football and basketball as a senior.
PERSONAL: Born November 9, 1988 in West Covina, California ... son of James Dockery and Janet Watley ... has two siblings, Andre and Denise ... his uncle, Ronald Cochran, was an offensive lineman at Indiana ... his father received a football scholarship to attend USC ... majoring in business administration and will graduate in December.
Strengths: Dockery is a physical corner with a high football IQ. Good route recognition and plays well in zone coverage, anticipating routes coming into his area. Has good size and leaping ability to defend in jump ball situations, as he displays good balance in staying with receiver downfield and making play on the ball. Has the hands to secure an interception. Quick recogniton of run, fits well and secures tackles.
Weaknesses: Just adequate fluidity in flipping his hips and driving on routes. Doesn't possess the ability to close quickly on routes. Despite his physical play, he will struggle to defeat blocks.
Projection: UDFA. Dockery's size, physicalness, and football IQ will allow for him to compete for a roster spot."
Dockery finally got his chance in 2009 and he made the most of it. Dockery was the lone player in the secondary that started all 13 games. Dockery started to show that he could be the strong corner that everybody expected him to be. The 2010 season went even better for Dockery. Again Dockery started every game and this time he tallied 56 tackles and four interceptions. Dockery had a knack for making big plays in 2010 as two of his four interceptions clinched victories for OSU late in the game.
Dockery is relatively quick and has decent instincts, but his measurables will not blow away any NFL teams. Oregon State's inconsistent and disappointing 2010 season has not helped Dockery's draft stock either and he is likely a late round selection at this point."