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Jameis Winston meets Roger Goodell ahead of NFL Draft

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Jameis Winston is positioning himself to be the number one pick in the NFL Draft next month - and today's news will only enhance his stock.

MMQB.com is reporting today that Winston spend 'five to six' hours in Roger Goodell's office last week with the draft less than two months away.

And before you start with the 'first of many' jibes, it should be noted that Winston instigated this meeting, seeking to get his side of the story to the NFL Commissioner.

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But not just that.

Winston wanted to get a handle on life in the NFL from the man that runs the league. That's an unusual move, and should be commended.

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“He went out of his way to make a good impression, and to show that he understood what was going to be expected of him in the NFL,” said one league executive who was present at the meetings.

Peter King described the move as a 'smart decision', and with every passing day it looks more and more likely that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be selecting Winston with the first overall pick.

The ex-Florida State QB has been the subject of a rigorous profiling by the Bucs, for obvious reasons, but he's keen to stay in-state and has said so publicly.

It's clear that his on-field talent makes him the best prospect in the draft, so Winston is only doing what any agent worth his salt would advise before the big day. Yes, it's a PR move, but it's a clever one.

Unless there's some dramatic revelation in the next few weeks, nail on Winston to go number one. With Mike Evans entering his second season, the Bucs will be young, talented and fearless next year, and with key contributors like Gerald McCoy healthy, expect a bounce back season.

Those Drew Brees trade rumours are just that - unsubstantiated speculation. Trading the number one pick for a few years of a declining Brees would be criminal from Lovie Smith and Jason Licht.

It's doubtful it has even been considered at Raymond James Stadium, despite reports to the contrary.

After Winston at number one, it's genuinely open season. The Tennessee Titans and New York Jets are teams that could conceivably draft a quarterback, while reports today suggest that even the Washington Redskins could enter the Marcus Mariota sweepstakes.

It's far too early yet to make any accurate predictions, despite the daily production of mock drafts.

What is clear though, is that Winston is doing just about everything right to give himself the best chance of taking top spot come April 30th.

Today's news demonstrates just how seriously he and his advisors are taking the challenge of improving his off-field reputation.

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