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Broncos Sign First Draft Pick, Ink S Josh Barrett

The Denver Broncos on Thursday signed safety Josh Barrett, whom they selected in the seventh round (220th overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft from Arizona State University. As per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Barrett (6-foot-3, 225 pounds) started 21 games during his final two seasons at Arizona State, where he totaled 10 takeaways (six interceptions, four fumble recoveries) during his collegiate career. An honorable mention All-Pacific-10 Conference pick as a junior, Barrett appeared in 47 career games (27 starts) for the Sun Devils and recorded 174 tackles (121 solo) along with 17 pass breakups.

As a senior in 2007, Barrett posted a career-high seven pass breakups while seeing time in 11 games (8 starts). He led ASU in tackles (82) and interceptions (3) as a 13-game starter during a junior campaign in which he earned honorable mention all-conference honors.

The Northern Class 4A Player of the Year as a senior at Reno High School in Reno, Nev., Josh Barrett was born on Nov. 22, 1984, in Reno, Nev.

Barrett is the first of the Broncos’ nine selections in the 2008 NFL Draft to sign a contract.