Patriots Rumors: NE Has 'Taken a Shine' to Daniel Jones Ahead of 2019 NFL Draft

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistApril 18, 2019

Quarterback Daniel Jones passes the ball during Duke's football Pro Day in Durham, N.C., Tuesday, March 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
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The New England Patriots reportedly may be targeting the heir apparent to future Hall of Fame quarterback Tom Brady in the 2019 NFL draft.

According to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, the Pats have "taken a shine" to Duke quarterback Daniel Jones. La Canfora threw out the possibility of the Patriots using the No. 32 overall pick in the first round on Jones or possibly trading up to select him.

Jones has ideal size at 6'5" and 221 pounds, but there are plenty if question marks surrounding him after fairly modest production collegiately. As a redshirt junior in 2018, Jones completed 60.5 percent of his passes for 2,674 yards, 22 touchdowns and nine interceptions while rushing for 319 yards and three scores.

His career completion percentage of 59.9 percent and touchdowns-to-interceptions ratio of 52-29 at Duke leaves a lot of be desired.

Pro Football Focus pointed out that he struggled down the stretch and may be better suited as a Day 2 prospect than a first-rounder:

To illustrate the polarity of Jones as a player, The MMQB's panel of experts had differing views on Jones and his ability to translate to the next level:

Duke head coach David Cutcliffe is widely viewed as a quarterback whisperer due to his work with Peyton Manning and Eli Manning, and that could go a long way toward helping Jones' cause in the draft.

It is difficult to envision Jones being ready to start right away out of college, which could make New England an ideal fit for him. Even though Brady is approaching 42 years of age, he is coming off a Super Bowl win last season and an MVP award the previous campaign.

That suggests Brady may have at least a few good years left, which would give Jones some valuable time underneath the learning tree.

In his latest mock draft, Bleacher Report's Matt Miller projected that Jones will go 15th overall to the Washington Redskins. Miller had Jones as the fourth quarterback off the board behind Kyler Murray, Dwayne Haskins and Drew Lock.

That would require the Patriots to move up significantly in the first round to nab Jones, but given their needs at wide receiver, on the offensive line and on the defensive front seven, that may not be a logical move for head coach Bill Belichick.

Instead, the Patriots could look to take a developmental quarterback prospect such as West Virginia's Will Grier or Buffalo's Tyree Jackson on Day 2 or 3.

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