CFL Draft: BC Lions add another home to their defensive line

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The BC Lions added a bit more Canadian bacon to their front five on Tuesday, signing Southern Utah defensive midfielder Francis Bemiy.

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Already with two solid Canadian DLs in David Menard and Mathieu Betts, the Montreal native brings size and length to the front of the defense.

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At 6-foot-3, 257-pounds, the 24-year-old had a total of 163 tackles — 38 1/2 tackles for loss — with 13 sacks, three forced fumbles, and three fumble recoveries in 49 games.

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The Lions initially traded themselves in the first round when they shipped the No. 1 pick. 7 to Montreal for QB Vernon Adams last August, but returned to the first cycle when they traded quarterback Jordan Williams—the first overall pick in 2020—to Toronto for the ninth overall pick.

The Ottawa Redblacks seek beef with the No. 1 pick. 1, takes on Fresno State offensive lineman Dontae Bull from Victoria — all 6 feet, 324 pounds of him.

The Redblacks have a history of taking offensive linemen with their high draft picks, front-five beefing eight times since 2013.

Lake Korte-Moore was the first BC varsity player to be picked up, with the defensive midfielder tied for third overall to the Saskatchewan Roughriders. It was the highest T-Bird has reached in the draft since the Hamilton Tiger-Cats overtook Julian Radlein for third overall in 2003.

With their second round pick, 14th overall, the Lions took defensive back Siriman Bagayogo of the University of Guelph.

The 6-foot-1, 192-pounder was a first-team All-Canadian for the second straight season, and while heI wasn’t selected in the NFL Draft, he accepted a free agent invitation from the Kansas City Chiefs.

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