Pretty in pink: Lions ink first-round Global draft choice Karlis Brauns, one other

The B.C. Lions have signed Global defensive lineman Karlis Brauns and national receiver Dallas Dixon.

Brauns, a six-foot-four, 270-pound native of Riga, Latvia, was selected by the club with the third overall pick in the first round of the 2022 Global Draft. Brauns recently turned heads at the College Gridiron Showcase in Texas and previously enjoyed an all-star season with the European League of Football’s Wroclaw Panthers in Poland.

Brauns also played in Serbia and Germany, before moving to North America in pursuit of his pro football dream.

Dixon joins the Lions following three years at Simon Fraser University, where he suited up in 23 contests while hauling in 17 receptions for 255 yards and two majors. The native of Sherwood Park, Alberta also was named to the Great Northwest Athletic Conference all-academic team for three consecutive seasons.

Brauns, Dixon and the rest of Lion first-years will be on the field in Kamloops for a three-day rookie camp beginning Wednesday, May 11.