What will be left at No. 63?

Predicting the direction Seahawks general manager John Schneider will go on draft day is a tough way to make a living. It was difficult enough when he was selecting within the first 32. But now that there will be 62 players selected before Seattle gets its first opportunity to make a pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, "mocking" the Seahawks is even more difficult.

With the 2015 NFL Draft now just a month away, it is time to take a closer look at who the Seahawks might be targeting.

Starting alphabetically at center and continuing on through wide receivers, SeahawkFootball.com will provide five names in a position-by-position series that provides five names to watch for the No. 63 overall pick.

The players are chosen based on my own observations and insight gained from sources within the industry. The full player profiles linked come courtesy of Scout's draft biographer Dave Te Thomas.

Position Breakdown Schedule will go as follows: Center/Guards: March 30; Cornerbacks: April 2; Defensive Ends: April 5; Defensive Tackles: April 8; Linebackers: April 11; Offensive Tackles: April 14; Quarterbacks: April 17; Running Backs: April 20; Safeties: April 23; Tight Ends: April 26; Wide Receivers: April 29.

Today's Focus: Defensive Tackles

General overview: With the notable exception of Southern Cal's Leonard Williams, the class of 2015 lacks a sure-fire stud defensive tackle. University of Washington fans may not appreciate that comment given the stellar play of Danny Shelton this past season but some teams worry that he'll struggle to duplicate his collegiate success in the NFL and that his specialty as a run-stuffer doesn't matter as much in today's pass-happy league. Both, of course, will be long off the board by the time Seattle is selecting. Fortunately for the Seahawks, there is solid depth at defensive tackle in this draft class. The Seahawks are expected to invest at least one pick in the position and given the bevy of talent that could be available in the second and third rounds, that addition could come earlier than many expect.

Five Prospects to Watch for No. 63:

Carl Davis, Iowa, 6-5, 320, 5.06

Of the five players listed here, Davis is far and away the best run-stuffing presence. At times it was Davis - not Shelton - who was the most imposing defensive tackle at the Senior Bowl. Unfortunately, the gas pedal didn't always seem pushed to the floor with Davis, which is why some talent evaluators caution reading too much into his spectacular performance in Mobile. He is a naturally massive man (34 5/8" arms and 11" hands) whose ability to hold up to double-teams would make him an intriguing addition at nose guard, defensive tackle and even as a five-technique defensive end. Seattle might be more willing to roll the dice with a player like Davis because, frankly, the rest of the Seahawks' defensive linemen are talented enough to push him aside for playing time if he doesn't play hard.

Xavier Cooper, Washington State, 6-3, 293, 4.82

While UW's Shelton is certainly out of reach for the Seahawks, his collegiate rival, Cooper, could very much be in play. Perhaps only hardcore WSU fans (and savvy NFL scouts) fully appreciate the Tacoma native's combination of size, athleticism and versatility as Cooper and his beloved Cougars rarely received much national buzz - that is until he tore up the Combine, proving faster than any other defensive tackle tested this year in Indianapolis. Cooper played inside and out in WSU's varied front, showing uncommon burst and flexibility for such a large man. To maximize his potential, Cooper will need to add strength but and with shorter-than-ideal arms (31 1/2") there is only so much he can do in this regard. He is a quick-twitch penetrating defensive tackle, however, who could prove surprise as an interior pass rusher on a rotational basis.

Grady Jarrett, Clemson, 6-1, 304, 5.03

Jarrett is a virtual bowling ball of butcher knives. He has a short, squatty frame similar to Seahawks' standout nose tackle Brandon Mebane but is a more talented pass rusher, demonstrating great quickness, balance and effort to get to the quarterback. His power and understanding of leverage from state titles in the shot put and wrestling are clear in the style with which he handles the action inside. Though shorter than ideal, Jarrett has disproportionately long arms (32 3/8") and has proven very effective against top competition, starting the past three years at a program known for churning out talented defensive linemen and racking up 29.5 tackles for loss during that span. Like several others on this list, he showed off his love for the game by participating in the Senior Bowl despite plenty of quality tape. In terms of passion and competitiveness, Jarrett would fit in Seattle's locker room.

Mike Bennett, Ohio State, 6-2, 293, 5.04

It isn't just the names that make the former Buckeyes' Bennett and Seahawks' star Michael Bennett sound related. Their games are pretty similar, as well. This Bennett has a much rounder build, looking more like current Seahawks' standout Jordan Hill than the lankier (6-4, 274) defensive end, who played his collegiate ball at Texas A&M. Like the Seahawks' standout, this incoming rookie relies on his burst and quick, active hands to wreak havoc as a pass rusher and is a bit more hit and miss as a run defender, alternately blowing up plays behind the line of scrimmage and either running by the ball-carrier or getting sealed off and taken for a ride. Bennett's best fit in Seattle's scheme would be as a three-technique defensive tackle.

Marcus Hardison, Arizona State, 6-3, 307, 4.91

Hardison is likely to be drafted last of the five players listed here but some clubs are quite high on him as he may prove a better NFL player than he ever was with the Sun Devils. Hardison is perhaps best described as a defensive end in a defensive tackle's body. He has good burst off the ball but is still learning how to use his hands effectively and isn't as stout in the running game as most of the others on this list. The JUCO transfer does come with significant upside but like Shelton there are some questions as to why the light finally came on for Hardison as a senior. Regardless of why it happened, the light certainly did come on. Hardison led ASU with 15 tackles for loss and 10 sacks in 2014 and really flashed in Mobile after earning a late invite to the prestigious all-star game.

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