After not hearing his name during the draft, Chris Seisay has found a home in Green Bay. The cornerback spent three seasons with Oregon before transferring to Portland State. This signing actually didn’t come as a surprise, Seisay and the Packers met in March. He was one of the few defensives backs they met with before the draft. After posting a 4.50 40 time and a 37” vertical jump at Portland State’s Pro Day, the 6’1 corner has the athleticism and size to make a run for the 53-man roster.
High School. At American Canyon High School, Chris Seisay played almost everywhere. As a wide receiver, Seisay caught 28 passes for 609 yards and 11 TDs during his senior season. On special teams he served as the team’s punter, where he averaged 41.1 yards per punt. And most importantly, Seisay made a name for himself at safety. He recorded 92 tackles, 10 pass breakups, two interceptions, and two forced fumbles during his senior season. After receiving 17 D1 scholarship offers, he ultimately signed his letter of intent with Oregon.
2014. After redshirting his freshman year, Seisay would go on to be a vital part of the Duck’s secondary. With injuries to other members of the secondary, he found himself starting at cornerback in the 2014 Rose Bowl and National Championship Game. He would finish the year with 33 total tackles and four passes deflected.
2015. After starting the 2015 season red hot, injuries would hold him out over half the season. In 5 games, he finished with 22 total tackles and two passes deflected.
2016. After a 3 year stint with Oregon, Seisay decided to transfer to Portland State for the 2016 season. In an interview with John Canzano, Chris stated that his choice to transfer was his own decision.
“I wasn’t feeling as comfortable as I was before (my injury), and I wasn’t having the fun I was having before the injury,” Seisay said. “I wasn’t as happy at Oregon as I thought I would be.”
After missing week one, he played his first two games at wide receiver where he caught three balls for 66 yards. For the remainder of the season, he would start at cornerback. He posted 28 tackles, 10 passes defensed, and two interceptions.
2017. In his final season of college football, Seisay would start 8 games at corner for Portland State. In a game against Montana, he recorded his first career double interception game. He would finish the season with stats similar to 2016: 24 tackles, seven passes defensed, and two interceptions. Following his senior season, Seisay entered the NFL Draft.
With 4.50 speed and 6’1” size, Seisay is your average cornerback prototype, who doesn’t lack anything. Going back to his days at Oregon, he flashed lots of potential. Starting in games like the 2014 Rose Bowl and National Championship Game, he has some big game experience that NFL teams like. In his two years at Portland State, he showed ball skills good enough for the next level to along with non-stop hustle. Not to mention he is a fantastic open field tackler. He started every game he played at Portland State, and has the capability of developing into an NFL cornerback.
His experience at Portland State hurt his draft stock the most, winning only three games in his two seasons there. Football-wise, his biggest issue was covering the long ball. Receivers with good speed tended to burn him on go-routes. His decision making ability needs works as well, his indecisiveness during plays really hurt his team. Scouts also said his play was too inconsistent, he flashed potential rather than showing high levels of consistency. Just don’t let his Portland State years distract you from what he was at Oregon, a starting corner on one of the nation’s best teams.
Sam Shields. Tramon Williams. Two guys that were once in Chris Seisay’s shoes. Both went undrafted, and not only did they make the roster, but they went on to become Pro Bowl cornerbacks for the Packers. Undrafted defensive backs have done well in Green Bay, but it’s not a guarantee. Seisay has a chance to sneak onto the roster, but needs a fantastic training camp and preseason. With Jaire Alexander, Josh Jackson, and Kevin King being locks for the 53, and Tramon Williams and Davon House likely to make the roster as well, Seisay must out play the lower roster guys. Those guys are Quinten Rollins, Josh Hawkins, Linzey Pipkins, Donatello Brown, Herb Waters and any other UDFA corners the Packers may sign. If cornerback doesn’t work out right away, the Packers are looking for a new Jeff Janis like force on special teams. He must do whatever it takes to make the roster. Watch for Chris Seisay this preseason, he is a very intriguing player with lots to prove.