2015 NFL Draft: Seahawks Value Board

John Schneider and the Seahawks consistently fool us on draft day, but this is the board that can help you crack Seattle's code. The players at each projected position of need are lumped together by round and are slotted based on characteristics the Seahawks have been known to value.

Predicting the direction John Schneider will go in the draft is always a crapshoot but there are a few factors at play in this year's draft that do provide some clues for Seahawks fans.

For one, despite the fact that Seattle boasts one of the league's most talented roster, there are some clear areas of need - specifically depth along the offensive and defensive lines, as well as at linebacker, defensive back and wide receiver.

Fortunately for the Seahawks, the club currently owns an NFL-best 11 draft picks, including three in the fourth round - which happens to be the round I see the greatest value in this particular draft.

The 2015 draft is not loaded with talent like last year but it does provide solid depth along the line of scrimmage and at wide receiver. Linebacker and defensive back peters out relatively quick, however, which is why those positions could be in play for Seattle much earlier than most expect given the Seahawks' bevy of young Pro Bowlers at these positions. Depth at these positions, however, took a hit during free agency.

Obviously, whomever the Seahawks select with their first pick - currently No. 63 overall - will affect who they'll take later. As such, while a mock draft might be fun, I don't believe that it effectively illustrates the multiple options Schneider, Pete Carroll and the Seahawks may be considering.

As such, here is a projected "Seahawks Value Board" which players at each projected position of need lumped together by round. These players are slotted based on characteristics the Seahawks have been known to value - such as length, agility, and explosiveness (among physical attributes), as well as personality traits such as resiliency, competitiveness and toughness.

Obviously I can't promise that each of Seattle's selections will be listed here. But this list should provide you with as comprehensive a guide to "cracking the Seahawks' code" as you'll find. The key is to keep an eye on this board as the draft unfolds. Should a player listed as a second round value "slip" to Seattle's selection in the third, for example, he might be viewed as simply too good to pass up.

As always, the players' names are linked to Dave Te Thomas' profiles for The Scout.com Network. I've worked with Dave for years and I can tell you that he has a strong eye for talent and is well connected.

Enjoy the draft!

Second Round Values
OL - Cedric Ogbuehi, OT, Texas A&M/ Donovan Smith, OT, Penn State/ T.J. Clemmings, OT, Pittsburgh/ Daryl Williams, OT, Oklahoma/ Tre' Jackson, OG, Florida State/ Ali Marpet, OL, Hobart/ Hroniss Grasu, C, Oregon
DL - Preston Smith, DE, Mississippi State/ Grady Jarrett, DT, Clemson/ Mario Edwards, Jr., DE, Florida State/ Michael Bennett, DT, Ohio State/ Nate Orchard, DE, Utah/ Henry Anderson, DL, Stanford
WR - Devin Smith, Ohio State/ Sammie Coates, Auburn/ Devin Funchess, Michigan/ Chris Conley, Georgia
LB - Denzel Perryman, ILB, Miami
DB - D'Joun Smith, CB, Florida Atlantic/ Quinten Rollins, CB, Miami (Ohio)/ P.J. Williams, CB, Florida State/ Landon Collins, SS, Alabama

Third Round Values
OL -Mitch Morse, OL, Missouri/ Tyrus Thompson, OT, Oklahoma/ Jeremiah Poutasi, OG, Utah
DL - Trey Flowers, DE, Arkansas, Xavier Cooper, DT, Washington State/ Marcus Hardison, DT, Arizona State/ Za'Darius Smith, DE, Kentucky
WR - Tyler Lockett, Kansas State/ Kenny Bell, Nebraska/ Tre McBride, William & Mary
LB - Kwon Alexander, LB, LSU
DB - Steven Nelson, CB, Oregon State/ Josh Shaw, S, Southern Cal/ Doran Grant, CB, Ohio State/ Jaquiski Tartt, SS, Samford

Fourth Round Values
OL -Josue Matias, OG, Florida State/ Jamil Douglas, OG, Arizona State/ Reese Dismukes, C, Auburn/Andy Gallik, C, Boston College/ Ty Sambrailo, OT, Colorado State/ Corey Robinson, OT, South Carolina/ Laurence Gipson, OT, Virginia Tech
DL - Frank Clark, DE, Michigan/ Lorenzo Mauldin, DE/OLB, Louisville/ Anthony Chickillo, DL, Miami/ Lynden Trail, DE, Norfolk State/ Christian Covington, DT, Rice/ Gabe Wright, DT, Auburn/ Markus Golden, DE, Missouri
WR - Tony Lippett, Michigan State/ Vince Mayle, Washington State/ Stefon Diggs, Maryland
LB - Paul Dawson, LB, TCU/ Jordan Hicks, OLB, Texas
DB - Craig Mager, CB, Texas State/ Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, CB, Oregon/ Adrian Amos, FS, Penn State

Fifth Round Values
OL -Shaq Mason, C, Georgia Tech/ Mark Glowinski, OG, West Virginia/ Jarvis Harrison, OG, Texas A&M/ Chaz Green, OT, Florida
DL - Tyleler Davison, DT, Fresno State/ Derrick Lott, DT, Tennessee-Chattanooga/ Leterrius Walton, DT, Central Michigan/ Geneo Grissom, DE, Oklahoma, Hau'oli Kikaha, DE, Washington
WR - Ty Montgomery, Stanford
LB - Damien Wilson, LB, Minnesota
DB - Nick Marshall, CB, Auburn/ Clayton Geathers, SS, Central Florida/ Ibraheim Campbell, SS, Northwestern

Sixth Round Values
OL - Max Garcia, C, Florida/ Chaz Green, OT, Florida
DL - Kristjan Sokoli, DL, Buffalo/ Joey Mbu, DT, Houston
WR - Darren Waller, Georgia Tech/ Mario Alford, West Virginia/ George Farmer, Southern California
LB - Junior Sylvestre, OLB, Toledo
DB - Darryl Roberts, CB, Marshall/ Chris Hackett, S, TCU

Seventh Round Values
OL - Darryl Baldwin, OT, Ohio State/ Terry Poole, OT, San Diego State
DL - Deon Simon, DT, Northwestern State/ Nick Seither, DL, Georgetown (Kentucky)/ Andrew Hudson, DE, Washington, Josh Watson, DT, Clemson
WR - Austin Hill, Arizona/ Bud Sasser, Missouri/ Jordan Taylor, Rice, Tyrell Williams, Western Oregon/ Chris Harper, California
LB - Bryce Hager, ILB, Baylor/ Zach Vigil, ILB, Utah State
DB -Tray Walker, CB, Texas Southern, Ladarius Gunter, CB, Miami, Tevin McDonald, FS, Eastern Washington

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