Hawaii junior cornerback Mike Edwards has decided to skip his senior season and enter the 2013 NFL Draft, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported. He is expected to make the decision official during a press conference on Wednesday.
"It was a difficult decision," Edwards said. "I felt it was the best thing for my family. I have two sons and I want to provide for them."
Edwards ranks as NFLDraftScout.com's No. 27 cornerback for the 2013 NFL Draft and No. 219 prospect overall, putting him in the later stages of draft weekend. He reportedly received midround grades, some as high as the third round.
A native of Cleveland, Edwards prepped at Glenville High School and enrolled at Tennessee as a four-star recruit. After one year in Knoxville in 2009, he was dismissed from the program after he was charged with attempted robbery. The 5-foot-10, 180-pound corner spent the 2010 season at Coffeyville Community College (Kan.) before arriving at Hawaii.
During the past two seasons, Edwards totaled three interceptions and 26 pass break-ups for the Warriors, while adding three touchdowns on kickoff returns in 2012.
"I'll miss him not only as a player but as a young man," Hawaii coach Norm Chow said. "We had a great relationship. We wish him all the best."
Although a tick undersized, Edwards has a tough, wiry frame and gets physical with receivers, not letting bigger players push him around. A player not lacking in confidence, he is aggressive with the ball in the air and shows good timing to get his hands up and knock down passes. Edwards has good speed and pursuit skills, adding return ability on special teams and also seeing some time on offense as both a running back and wide receiver.
Dane Brugler is an analyst for NFLDraftScout.com, distributed by The Sports Xchange.