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: Linebackers

General overview: With the starting three of K.J. Wright, Bobby Wagner and Bruce Irvin firmly in place, fans may assume that linebacker isn't a position of concern for the Seahawks. Seattle's depth took a hit over the off-season, however, with versatile outside linebacker and Super Bowl XLIV MVP Malcolm Smith inking a deal with the Oakland Raiders. The Seahawks saw flashes from rookies Kevin Pierre-Louis and Brock Coyle a year ago but could be once again on the lookout for help on the position. The class of 2015 isn't particularly impressive among traditional linebackers, though there are a handful of options with the desired combination of size, physicality and playmaking ability who could fit into Seattle's hyper-aggressive scheme.

Five Prospects to Watch for No. 63:

Eli Harold, Virginia, 6-3, 247, 4.58

Harold is likely to be long off the board by the time Seattle is on the clock but an early run on edge rushers could allow one or two to slip later than expected and because the UVA product remains a bit rough around the edges, he could be among them. Just like Irvin when leaving West Virginia, the majority of Harold's big plays came while rushing off the edge. He has terrific speed off the corner, often chasing down ball-carriers because of his agility, acceleration and non-stop motor. Also like Irvin, however, Harold can let his technique slide when doing battle with blockers and loses sight of the football, on occasion. Despite leaving Virginia with a year of eligibility remaining, Harold is a proven contributor with 36.5 tackles for loss and 17.5 sacks over a career that included 24 starts.

Denzel Perryman, Miami, 5-11, 236, 4.68

Whereas Harold would need a bit of time to acclimate to a new position, Perryman would be a potential plug and play option at middle linebacker. Again, with the presence of Wagner (who was voted an All-Pro last year for the first time in his career), middle linebacker may not seem like a key area of need. However, Wagner is entering the final year of his rookie deal and is reportedly looking to receive upwards of eight million a season with his new contract. Re-signing Russell Wilson is obviously Priority No. 1 for the Seahawks and that fact may leave little for others, including stars like Wagner. Like Wagner, Perryman is instinctive, speedy and physical. He'd also be very familiar with Michael Barrow, one of Seattle's new linebacker coaches, who previously served as Perryman's positional coach with the Hurricanes and presumably would "bang the table" for the opportunity to work with the three-time All-ACC player.

Benardrick McKinney, Mississippi State, 6-4, 246, 4.62

From a triangle numbers (size/speed/speed) perspective, McKinney ranks among the more intriguing prospects in the 2015 draft, regardless of position. He played a critical role in the stout defense that helped the Bulldogs earn the No. 1 overall spot in the polls in late October. While McKinney's length, athleticism and versatility are sure to intrigue Seattle, he isn't a particularly instinctive defender and frankly, I'm not as high on McKinney as others seem to be, even going so far as to compare him to former disappointment Aaron Curry. Like the No. 4 overall pick in 2009, McKinney has the length and physical nature to handle taking on and shedding blockers in the hole. He's also fast enough to chase down ball-carriers. McKinney gets himself in trouble in pass coverage, however, struggling to change directions as fluidly as his workout numbers would indicate and losing track of the ball. He would not be among the candidates I, personally, would consider at No. 63 but the Seahawks have, of course, been known to roll the dice on athletes with great length and McKinney certainly offers that.

Jordan Hicks, Texas, 6-1, 236, 4.62

If Seattle is going to gamble on athleticism, Hicks could a smarter selection, though No. 63 would seemingly be too early for a player who missed most of the 2012-13 seasons with leg injuries. When healthy, Hicks has shown the combination of agility and aggression that Seattle prefers. He's a surprisingly savvy pass rusher who doesn't back down from contact with blockers and consistently makes plays against the run and pass. He's a high-effort defender who the coaches at Texas raved about and if not for the durability concerns, might be collectively viewed as one of the best off-line of scrimmage linebackers in this class. The highly touted prep saw action in all 13 games in 2011 despite a fractured foot robbing him of spring practice. He then missed the final 10 games of 2012 with a hip flexor and all but the first four games of 2013 with a torn Achilles. Last season, however, Hicks' game took off (147 tackles) and he turned heads at the Senior Bowl.

Kwon Alexander, LSU, 6-1 227, 4.54

In terms of style, speed and special teams prowess, Alexander might be the closest comparison to Smith in this draft class. Like the former Trojan, Alexander was surrounded by a great deal of talent at LSU but his aggression, speed and physicality helped him stand out, leading the Tigers with 90 tackles a year ago - his first as a full-time starter. Alexander is just scratching the surface of his potential. He needs to get functionally stronger and plays with such a hyper-aggressive mentality that he will occasionally leave cutback lanes for savvy ball-carriers to exploit. Given the speedy free-flowing defense that Pete Carroll and his staff promote, however, Alexander's game might fit in well. At worst, he'd help out of special teams, as Alexander shows terrific agility, open-field tackling skills and the lunch-pail mentality needed to excel in this area.

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