Alabama receiver Slade Bolden has declared for the NFL Draft.
Bolden, a redshirt junior, had two seasons remaining of eligibility after redshirting his freshman year and the availability of a COVID-19 waiver for an extra season.
He joins fellow receiver Jameson Williams, tackle Evan Neal, defensive tackle Phidarian Mathis and linebacker Christopher Allen as confirmed for heading to the NFL Draft.
"I played my heart out every game and did everything I could to help this team win," Bolden wrote on Twitter. "With that being said, I will be declaring for the 2022 NFL Draft to chase my dreams that I've worked so hard to achieve."
Bolden worked primarily out of the slot for the Crimson Tide. He caught 42 passes for 408 yards and three touchdowns in 2021. In the College Football Playoff championship, Bolden led the Crimson Tide with seven receptions.
He was a three-star prospect out of West Monroe High School in Louisiana.
One of his most pivotal plays in his redshirt junior season came when he caught the first score in overtime against Auburn in the Iron Bowl. Alabama went on to win the game in four overtimes.
He also caught the opening-drive touchdown against Cincinnati in the Cotton Bowl.
Bolden also served as punt returner at times during the season. He returned 14 punts for 87 yards. He also spent some time on kickoffs, returning five kicks for 67 yards.
Bolden was third on the team in receptions, behind John Metchie III (96) and Williams (79). If Metchie also declares for the draft, Alabama will be without its top three receivers in 2022. Metchie is also a junior, but he is coming off a knee injury he suffered against Georgia in the SEC Championship Game.
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