B.C. Lions release former first-round CFL draft pick Daniel Joseph, one other

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The B.C. Lions have released Canadian defensive lineman Daniel Joseph, who signed with the team in January.

The six-foot-two, 261-pound edge rusher was the fourth overall pick in the 2021 CFL Draft out of North Carolina State. He chose not to enter the professional ranks that season, returning to the Wolfpack for his final season of NCAA eligibility in 2022.

The Toronto native signed with the Buffalo Bills after going unselected in the 2022 NFL Draft but was waived at the end of training camp. He played for the Seattle Sea Dragons of the XFL in 2023 and made eight total tackles and two sacks over seven games.

Joseph ran a 5.08-second forty-yard dash, 7.45-second three-cone, and 4.45-second short shuttle at his pro day in March 2022 at N.C. State. He also leaped 29 inches in the vertical jump and nine feet in the broad jump. He did not participate in the bench press due to a pectoral injury.

The 27-year-old transferred to North Carolina State in 2020 following a three-year stint at Penn State. He had two highly productive seasons for the Wolfpack, recording 83 total tackles, 19 tackles for loss, 11.5 sacks, and two forced fumbles over 22 games.

Joseph is the cousin of longtime CFL defensive lineman Ese Mrabure and the brother of former first overall CFL draft pick Faith Ekakitie.

The Lions have also released American defensive lineman Dominic Quewon.