Utah Utes DE Joe Kruger and Hawaii Warriors CB Mike Edwards entering NFL Draft

By Michael Amato


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Cornerback Mike Edwards, a junior from Hawaii, has decided to forego his senior season and enter the NFL Draft. Edwards stated that a big part of his decision was that he has two young sons that he wants to provide for. He figures to be a later round pick as NFLDraftScout.com currently only has him sitting as the 27th ranked corner in the draft.

Edwards started his college career with the Tennessee Volunteers in 2009, but was dismissed after one season because of an attempted robbery charge. He played one year at Coffeyville Community College before making his way to Hawaii. During his two seasons with the Warriors, Edwards recorded three interceptions and 26 pass break-ups. His versatility, however, is what may give him a shot at the next level. Edwards played a little offense in both the running back and wide receiver positions during his college career. He also plays special teams and had three kickoff returns in 2012.

Defensive end Joe Kruger has also decided to pass on his senior season with the Utah Utes. He led the team with six sacks this season and recorded eight tackles behind the line of scrimmage, two forced fumbles, and an interception. Kruger’s best asset and upside may be his size, as he stands 6-foot-7 and weighs 280 lbs.

Kruger will be the second defensive lineman that the Utes are losing. Tackle Star Lotuleilei figures to be a top ten selection in the 2013 Draft.

Kruger’s older brother Paul was taken by the Baltimore Ravens in the second round of the 2008 draft.

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