NFL Rumors: Patriots showing growing interest in Duke QB Daniel Jones

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The New England Patriots have encountered Daniel Jones in person multiple times this offseason, per reports.

Apparently they like what they see.

Here's CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora relaying the Patriots' reported interest in the Duke quarterback prospect in a column Wednesday:

The Duke QB is a polarizing prospect who hasn't exactly wowed everyone he's been around. But he has good size and a David Cutcliffe pedigree and I continue to hear the Patriots have taken a shine to him. Is he their pick at 32? I'm not so sure. Maybe the Patriots would move up a bit for him, or someone else does.

The Patriots, who are in the market for a successor to 41-year-old QB Tom Brady, checked in on Jones at Duke's pro day in late March and hosted the 6-foot-5, 221-pound QB on a pre-draft visit on April 10.

Jones' stock has fluctuated in recent weeks, but the consensus is that he's one of the top five QB prospects in the 2019 NFL Draft who should go in the late first or early second round.

The Patriots own the No. 32 overall pick, and there's some debate about whether they'd have to trade up to draft Jones. Considering the draft capital at their disposal, though -- New England owns a whopping 12 picks -- Bill Belichick and Co. have the resources to make a move for Jones if he's indeed the quarterback they covet.

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