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Jameis Winston opts not to attend NFL Draft - will watch instead with family

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Jameis Winston continues to be seen as the likely candidate to be selected first overall at this year's NFL Draft, which is why reports today on a decision he has made may surprise many.

Home comforts

According to Sports Illustrated's Peter King, the former Florida State Seminoles quarterback is set to shun his invitation to the Draft itself, choosing instead to watch it with his family at home.

Should the Tampa Bay Buccaneers plump for Winston with the first overall pick it would mean a fairly unique situation when Roger Goodell makes the announcement in Chicago on April 30.

Indeed we are struggling to think of any first overall pick in the history of the event who hasn't been dressed to the nines and in attendance to shake the commissioners hand come draft night.

In 2007, Joe Thomas found out via a phone call while out fishing but he was only taken with the third overall pick. Jameis Winston has higher aspirations.

Some NFL fans on Twitter have already begun speculating that Winston's decision means his number one pick status is not quite as clear cut as experts would have you believe. There doesn't appear to be be anything calculated behind the move though, other than the quarterback wanting to spend what could be the biggest night of his life in the comfort of his own home surrounded by his family.

After his brushes with controversy recently perhaps Jameis Winston simply wants to avoid the media frenzy that would come with being selected by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers - the holders of the first pick.

He has already met, and shaken hands with, Roger Goodell after a visit to New York this month after all.

Foregone conclusion?

All signs recently have pointed to Winston leading the race to land in Tampa. From the FSU man's impressive Combine, to rival QB Marcus Mariota's lacklustre Pro Day and questions over his ability to play outside of a no-huddle offense, mock drafts have begun the same way for weeks.

There is still time though for a change of heart, and with Mariota at the Bucs facility today speaking to the front office, the Oregon man is still not out of the running altogether.

What do you think NFL fans? What do you make of Winston's decision, and could Mariota still be taken with the first pick? Let us know in the comments section below...

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