Top 10 film and TV NFL characters who could help the Panthers

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IVORY CHRISTIAN
EDGE FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS

Carolina Panthers Player No. 9: Ivory Christian (EDGE) Friday Night Lights

Ivory Christian was a formidable edge rusher in the TV series Friday Night Lights. His versatility could see him line up anywhere at the second level for the Carolina Panthers. And this is something that the decision-makers have made a point of targeting this offseason.

There is plenty of strength in depth on the Panthers’ depth chart at the position. But Christian’s skill set would make him a notable addition to a defense that is set to improve on the front end in 2020.

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VONTAE MACK
LB DRAFT DAY

Carolina Panthers Player No. 8: Vontae Mack (LB) Draft Day

Vontae Mack’s unrivaled passion for the game made him the No. 1 overall pick “no matter what” in the film Draft Day. The linebacker came from a difficult background to work his way into the first-round contention. And this is an area of the field where the Carolina Panthers could do with reinforcements.

Mack had the scope to play on the edge or on as an inside linebacker. And the latter would probably be of more use to the Panthers following the shock retirement of Luke Kuechly this offseason.

Tahir Whitehead looks capable of filling the void short-term. But having a “player” like Mack would undoubtedly fit into what direction Carolina wants to go in.

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RONNIE SUNSHINE BASS
QB REMEMBER THE TITANS

Carolina Panthers Player No. 7: Ronnie “Sunshine” Bass (QB) Remember the Titans

Ronnie Bass was the do-it-all quarterback with a strong arm that led T.C Williams High School to a state championship in Remember the Titans. This was obviously based on a true story. But from a fictional standpoint, the “player” has all the tools one is looking for in a franchise signal-caller.

His arm strength was nothing short of phenomenal on-screen. And once he finally grasped Herman Boone’s playbook, “Sunshine” was extremely hard to stop.

The character draws comparisons in looks to Clemson sensation Trevor Lawrence, who is set to go No. 1 overall in the 2021 NFL Draft. Whether the Carolina Panthers are in a position to take him next spring is another matter entirely.

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