Channel 9 Special: Draft Countdown

DETROIT — The NFL draft is a life-changing moment for so many talented local athletes.

It wasn’t too long ago they were in the Carolinas dominating fields on Friday nights. Now, they’re stepping up to the game’s highest level.

In special Channel 9 shows, we’ve highlighted the sacrifices made, the adversities overcome, and those who helped them most on their journeys to the NFL.

Some of that talent might stay close to home to help the Carolina Panthers, as they attempt to rise from the ashes of one of the worst seasons in franchise history.

On April 24 and 25, Channel 9 previewed the draft live from Detroit. We talked about how Carolina can make the biggest impact with a brand-new coaching staff and a retooled defense.

In case you missed it, here are the stories we shared Wednesday:

Here are the stories we shared Thursday:

(WATCH BELOW: UNC’s QB Drake Maye to enter NFL draft)