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Slade Bolden, Alabama's WR, is in the NFL draft in 2022

Slade Bolden, Alabama's WR, is in the NFL draft in 2022

Slade Bolden, an Alabama fourth-year wide receiver, announced that he will play in the upcoming NFL draft on Friday.

Bolden made the announcement in early Friday afternoon, stating that he fought out every game and made everything he could to assist this team.

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Bolden was relegated as a freshman this season and had a COVID-19 waiver available to the NCAA.

After Jaylen Waddle's midseason injury in 2020, Bolden has played extensively since, including as a punt returner and as a quarterback in some Wildcat, or "Sladecat" formations.

Alabama wide receivers are declaring for the NFL this week, with junior John Metchie having until Monday to make a decision himself. Between those three players, tight end Jahleel Billingsley and wide receivers Javon Baker, who both entered the transfer portal this week, Alabama could lose a total of 241 catches, 3,479 receiving yards and 30 touchdown catches.

Seniors entering the NFL draft: RB Brian Robinson (Senior Bowl/eligibility exhausted), DL Phidarian Mathis (Senior Bowl), OLB Christopher Allen, CB Josh Jobe, and OL Chris Owens (eligibility exhausted).

Juniors in the NFL Draft: OT Evan Neal, WR Jameson Williams, and WR Slade Bolden (redshirt junior)

Scholarship players will be accepted into the transfer portal of the QB Paul Tyson, WR Javon Baker, TE Jahleel Billingsley, OL Tommy Brown, Jaylen Moody, ILB Shane Lee, OLB Drew Sanders, and OLB King Mwikuta (Arkansas State).

Mike Rodak is a beat reporter for Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter.

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