Chris Leak was so highly touted, that he received an offer from Wake Forest as an 8th grader. He eventually got offers from all elite programs and landed in Gainesville, and moved into the starting lineup four games into his freshman season. As a true freshman with nine starts, Leak threw for 2,435 yards, while completing 59.4% of his passes, and threw 16 TD’s to go with 11 picks. As a sophomore, he improved on all his numbers, completing 59.6 % of his passes for 3,197 yards and a career high 29 TD passes with just 12 interceptions. Urban Meyer took over for his junior season, and the yardage dropped to just 2,639 yards, but he was more efficient, completing just under 63% of his passes, and had a 20 to 6 TD/INT ratio. He led the Gators to a National Title this year, throwing for 2,729 yards while completing 62.9% of his passes for 22 touchdowns and 13 picks.
Leak is as experienced and battle tested as a quarterback can be. He’s been a starter since his true freshman season, playing in the tough SEC, and has played in two very different offenses. As highly touted as he was, he’s faced a ton of pressure, and through it all, he has always played at a high level. Physically speaking, Leak is a very good athlete, and shows the ability to move in and out of the pocket. He has the mobility to elude the rush and flee the pocket and still deliver a strike to his receiver. While not a true rushing threat, if forced to run, he has shown the ability to make plays, as he has run for 10 TD’s in his three seasons in Florida. He is an intelligent football player, and is efficient on the football field.
Size is one of the main drawbacks with Chris Leak. He is listed at just 6' tall, and just under 210lbs, making him small for an NFL QB, especially one that is more of a pure passer. This is a knock that he will not be able to disprove until he gets on to an NFL field and shows he can be successful. Leak also does not have the major arm or big time rushing threat to help ease the questions about his size in the pocket.
Many people have criticized Chris Leak, but that is what happens when you come with as much hype as he has. Leak has gained a lot of experience and had a lot of success, including leading his team to a title this year. The size questions cannot be ignored though, and they will push him to the second day of the draft.