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Is Jameis Winston a future No. 1?

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Normally, these are the kinds of questions I hate to have to answer. You can see it coming. A freshman quarterback goes out on a national stage and sets the world on fire in his first start ... and the phone rings.

"Mel, in terms of his NFL prospects -- and I know it's a long way off -- what are we looking at here?"

Normally I hate it. Normally.

But is the NFL draft really so far off as it relates to Jameis Winston?

Not really. Not in this case. Winston is a legit candidate to be the No. 1 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft. That's right, the draft after this coming year.

Consider a few big factors here: