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 little more than a week 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: Running Backs

General overview: With arguably the NFL's elite back in Marshawn Lynch agreeing to a two-year extension in March, John Schneider and Pete Carroll appear capable of ignoring the running back position in this year's draft, should they be so inclined. There is reason to think the Seahawks may take advantage of this year's extraordinary running back, though. For one, dependable backup Robert Turbin is entering the final year of his rookie contract. Christine Michael has two more years on his deal but has only flashed the dynamic athleticism that earned him the No. 62 overall pick of the 2013 draft. The Seahawks will almost surely opt for a position of greater need at No. 63 this year but there are a number of intriguing Day Three options for this club.

Five Prospects to Watch for No. 63:

Ameer Abdullah, 5-09, 205, 4.50, Nebraska Of Seattle's current backs, only Michael possesses a similar combination of electric open-field elusiveness and acceleration as Abdullah, an immediate standout for the Huskers and three-year starter who is a favorite among scouts due to his work ethic and selflessness. Abdullah does come with some red flags, as some question how much tread he has left and has put the ball on the ground much too often for a ball-control coach like Carroll's liking but he's more powerful than he looks, possesses excellent hands and would be a Day One improvement as a punt and kick returner. To get him, Seattle would have to be willing to part with the No. 63 overall pick and even that may not be high enough. Abdullah, however, is good enough to consider the move.

Duke Johnson, 5-09, 207, 4.50, Miami Given the talent that has come through "The U" at running back, the fact that Johnson left as the school's all-time rushing leader (3,519 yards) despite entering the draft as a junior is pretty remarkable and a testament to his pure talent. Like Abdullah, Johnson comes with serious make-you-miss-ability, offering light feet, great balance, vision and burst to capitalize on creases. He's one of the savvier runners in the draft, altering his gait to leave defenders off balance before exploding past them. Like Abdullah, Johnson has good hands out of the backfield but comes with some durability and ball-security questions. He might be available at No. 63 but certainly won't make it out of the third round.

Jay Ajayi, 6-0, 221, 4.52, Boise State Based on tape, Ajayi could be ranked as high as the third running back (behind projected first rounders Todd Gurley and Melvin Gordon III) in this class and a second round pick. Some clubs have concerns about the long-term effects of a knee injury (torn ACL) suffered back in 2011, with Ajayi is completely off the board of some clubs due to medical questions. Should Seattle's doctors have a different opinion, the Seahawks could find Ajayi still on the board much later than expected. Ajayi is a well-built runner with surprising agility and balance. He's a powerful, between-the-tackles runner who finishes each carry and is also a good receiver out of the backfield. The Seahawks have shown significant interest in Ajayi, with running backs coach, Sherman Smith, attending the Broncos' March 18 Pro Day.

Matt Jones, 6-2, 231, 4.54, Florida With Lynch always a threat to break down due to his fierce running style and Turbin possibly entering his final year in Seattle, the club may be looking for a physical back to develop. Jones offers the combination of size, surprising agility and speed and powerful, determined running to fit the bill. Jones also has a nice stutter-step to get defenders off-balance, a stiff-arm to keep them away and the burst to separate. He catches the ball cleanly, showing good hand-eye coordination to pluck and secure in one fluid motion. Jones is likely to be available on Day Three and plays with the physicality and competitiveness that Seattle searches for. Further, like Turbin, Jones has the size and selflessness to potentially fill-in at fullback as well as running back.

Akeem Hunt, 5-10, 189, 4.40, Purdue Should Seattle wait until the very late stages of the draft to nab a running back (as appears likely), the team could be intrigued by a speedy option like Hunt or Missouri's similarly-gifted Marcus Murphy, each of whom offer change of pace ability, as well as terrific return skills. Despite career highs in rushing yards (949) and receptions (48 for 293 yards), Hunt was not invited to the Combine. His athleticism stood out at Purdue's Pro Day, however, where he was clocked at 4.36 seconds in the 40-yard dash and 6.71 seconds in the 3 cone drill - each of which would have ranked fastest among all running backs tested this year in Indianapolis.

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