BIO: Three-year starter who amassed numbers of 131/12/3 as a senior after leading the squad the prior year with 169/7/2.
POSITIVES: Tough, run-defending linebacker best playing downhill. Quick to diagnose, immediately fills the gaps or takes good angles to the action. Displays a burst to the ball, and plays with a high motor. Fights to get involved and flies around the action.
NEGATIVES: Lacks speed to the flanks and has only a short-area burst. Run-first linebacker that likes to shoot up the field regardless of the situation.
ANALYSIS: Like many of his predecessors at Clemson, Leake has a run-stuffing mentality and is better making plays up the field than in reverse. Marginal size is a problem as are his deficient skills in pass coverage. Could backup for in a three-four defense and does have a special-teams mentality.