The measurables

Slade Bolden

Slot WR – #18 Alabama

HT: 5110
WT: 194
DOB: 1/26/1999

Year: Redshirt Junior
High School: West Monroe (West Monroe, LA)
HS Rating: 3 star (0.8796)
Phil Steele: PS#39

Slade Bolden scouting report

Very quick. Has decent speed too. Average acceleration. Looks awkward trying to get up to speed. Below-average explosion. Lacks a lot of athletic ability. Solid route runner. Displays the nuances to make things happen throughout the route, leaning into the defender before cutting, little subtle head movements, etc.

Good, flexible release. Quickly works around press and jam coverages. Shows good hands overall and catches in a lot of different positions. Bolden has had some issues with drops. Made some really great catches outside of structure though. Flashes the ability to make catches through traffic. Offers some serious deep threat ability because of his quickness and speed.

Lacks a lot of athleticism to do much after the catch. Very lacking in this area of his game. Not a very strong runner. Doesn’t often shed tackles or make defenders miss. Not a great run blocker by any stretch of the imagination. Struggles to get hands on his defender and when he does, he’s good for a little push at best. Consistently a liability as a run blocker. Not an impact player here.

Pre-Combine projection

Slade Bolden has a lot of tools that are positive for a slot receiver type who has seen success at the NFL level. He’s a possession style receiver with good consistent hands and decent route running prowess. With Bolden’s style, I think it’s easy to say that he can develop over the next couple of years into a suitable starter and complimentary receiver.

We think that Bolden can make his mark on a team if he can get the patience he needs to develop. He’s close with some of his route concepts and how he runs them. He needs more time to develop out of the slot and work on being a more consistent option. We like him as a seventh-round/PFA prospect.

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By John Vogel

NFL Draft Analyst. Dad.

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