DaJuan Morgan was a Kansas City Chiefs rookie defensive again in 2008 looking for the proper barber to offer him the right wave when he stumbled into an area shop owned by Steven Watson.
Soon after, Morgan was a daily in the Watson family house for personal cuts. A basic barber-shopper relationship blossomed. Deep discussions. And sometimes sitting close by was Steven’s son, Josh, an lively middle-schooler who dreamed of sometime enjoying professional football.
“It wasn’t just a haircut once I would come over,” Morgan stated. “We’d speak about life, soccer and objectives.”
Stated Watson: “It was a blessing to see my dad have conversations with NFL gamers while slicing their hair, the issues that they’ve gone via in life and the sacrifices they should make to get within the place they have been in to play within the NFL. I soaked up a whole lot of information and knowledge that is going to assist me in the place I’m in right now.”
Watson is now considered one of 17 undrafted free agent rookies signed by the Broncos after the NFL draft. He captained Colorado State’s protection at center linebacker final season, led the group in stops his last two years and appeared in 51 profession games — fourth-most in program history.
Watson gained traction with the Broncos after a strong efficiency on the staff’s native professional day in April. He stored in communication with the employees main up to the draft, and when a number of free agent gives appeared after going unselected, Watson decided to remain in Colorado.
“I’m going on the market to compete for a starting spot,” Watson stated. “To point out the coaches I’m dependable and I’m a playmaker. That ought to put me in one of the best position to make the 53-man roster.”
The Broncos did little to deal with their inside linebacker needs via the draft. They did select Justin Hollins within the third round, who played primarily outdoors at Oregon. Watson specialized at inside linebacker at CSU, and whereas the Rams’ defense as an entire struggled, he compiled 17 profession double-digit deal with video games in three seasons. And three of those performances got here towards Energy 5 faculties.
“Enjoying in that many games and being beneath a number of coaches and defensive coordinators — seeing how their philosophies changed or have been the identical, the terminology, the principles and recreation plan — has allowed to me to see issues with a special perspective,” Watson stated. “Being…