4 Panthers players who surprisingly never made a Pro Bowl

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Travelle Wharton – OL

Another player who could count himself highly unfortunate not to receive a Pro Bowl selection during his career is Travelle Wharton. The versatile offensive lineman was a prolific protector for the Carolina Panthers and was equally productive at the tackle position or on the interior.

The Panthers struck gold with Wharton when they selected him as their third-round pick in 2004. He played just one season of his career away from Carolina and although he did suffer his fair share of injuries as a professional, it does not detract from what an impactful player he was when firing on all cylinders.

Wharton was a formidable presence to move off the block thanks to his 6-foot-4, 320-pound frame. His exceptional hand placement was matched by a thick lower body that was difficult to get around. And the lineman also possessed quick feet which further aided him against speedier pass-rushers on the edge.

The former South Carolina prospect was a popular figure with fans and players alike. He played the game with a smile on his face. But there was a will to win and ruthless aggression to match his enthusiasm.

What the Panthers would do to have someone like Wharton operating on their offensive line in 2020. It is something of a surprise he did not make a Pro Bowl appearance. But his legacy with the organization is not in question.