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Josh Watson takes lessons from the barbershop to Broncos camp


DaJuan Morgan was a Kansas City Chiefs rookie defensive back in 2008 searching for the right barber to give him the perfect wave when he stumbled into a local shop owned by Steven Watson.

Soon after, Morgan was a regular in the Watson family home for personal cuts. A classic barber-client relationship blossomed. Deep discussions. And often sitting nearby was Steven’s son, Josh, an energetic middle-schooler who dreamed of someday playing professional football.

“It wasn’t just a haircut when I would come over,” Morgan said. “We’d talk about life, football and goals.”

Said Watson: “It was a blessing to see my dad have conversations with NFL players while cutting their hair, the things that they’ve gone through in life and the sacrifices they have to make to get in the position they were in to play in the NFL. I soaked up a lot of knowledge and information that is going to help me in the position I’m in right now.”

Watson is now one of 17 undrafted free agent rookies signed by the Broncos after the NFL draft. He captained Colorado State’s defense at middle linebacker last season, led the team in stops his final two years and appeared in 51 career games — fourth-most in program history.

Watson gained traction with the Broncos after a solid performance at the team’s local pro day in April. He kept in communication with the staff leading up to the draft, and when several free agent offers appeared after going unselected, Watson decided to remain in Colorado.

“I’m going out there to compete for a starting spot,” Watson said. “To show the coaches I’m reliable and I’m a playmaker. That should put me in the best position to make the 53-man roster.”

The Broncos did little to address their inside linebacker needs through the draft. They did select Justin Hollins in the third round, who played primarily outside at Oregon. Watson specialized at inside linebacker at CSU, and while the Rams’ defense as a whole struggled, he compiled 17 career double-digit tackle games in three seasons. And three of those performances came against Power 5 schools.

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