Purdue junior DE Edwards to enter NFL draft

Updated: November 20, 2005, 2:03 PM ET
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Purdue junior defensive end Ray Edwards has decided to forgo his final year of eligibility and enter the NFL draft.

Edwards told the Indianapolis Star after the Boilermakers' 41-14 win over Indiana on Saturday that he would enter the draft in April.

"My grandmother raised me,'' Edwards told the paper. "She's 63 years old and she's still working nights. I've definitely got to retire her and make things better.''

Edwards, who said he is convinced he'll be a high-round draft pick, was expected to be one of the Big Ten's best defensive ends but struggled and lost his starting job after six games.

The 6-6, 270-pound Edwards was suspended for most of Purdue's win over Michigan State on Nov. 5 for violating team rules by not wearing a sport coat on the team walk to the locker room.

Edwards had two sacks and an interception against Indiana on Saturday.