BC Lions sign former Minnesota Vikings draft pick, defensive lineman Ade Aruna

The BC Lions have signed former NFL defensive lineman Ade Aruna

The six-foot-six, 270-pound Aruna was most recently a member of the Las Vegas Raiders after signing a futures deal with the team in December of 2019. Aruna was selected in the sixth round, 218th overall during the 2018 NFL Draft by Minnesota and would suit up in pre-season that year before injuring his knee with the Vikings. 

Aruna spent four years at Tulane University where he started 34 games at defensive end and registered 107 total tackles, 12 sacks, four pass knockdowns and three forced fumbles. Originally from Nigeria, he moved with his family to La Lumiere, Indiana for the start of high school.

The Lions also inked defensive lineman Kendall Futrell and defensive back Jeff Hector to contracts.

The six-foot-two, 226-pound Futrell split 2020 between the Cincinnati Bengals and Houston Texans practice squads. Futrell originally signed with the Bengals as an undrafted free agent last April before being waived in late October.

Futrell attended East Carolina University from 2016-2019 and registered 119 total tackles, 16 sacks, six pass knockdowns, four forced fumbles and a fumble recovery. As a junior, he led all Pirates defenders with 11 quarterback pressures and five batted down passes. 

The six-foot, 185-pound Hector attended 2020 training camp with the Baltimore Ravens after signing with the team as an undrafted free agent. After overcoming back and foot injuries, the Los Angeles native dressed in 20 games over four years at University of Redlands and had 47 tackles, eight interceptions, two forced fumbles and a sack.

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