New England Patriots

DENVER, CO - JANUARY 24: Head coach Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots uses a phone on the sideline in the first half against the Denver Broncos in the AFC Championship game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 24, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Another team is starting to listen to calls about their first-round pick, and this time it could be more in the Patriots’ range.

The Dallas Cowboys have started to hold conversations with other teams about the No. 10 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones went on the record in a radio interview admitting that his team is taking calls about the 10th pick, which according to arithmetic is only five away from the Patriots at 15.

“Where we sit, we’re starting to get a few calls, and I think it will only pick up as we get closer to next Thursday,” Jones said, as transcribed by Pro Football Talk.

The idea of trading up to land a top quarterback prospect has been one of the more popular topics surrounding the Pats, who may be just out of the feasible range for one of the first-round-graded QBs to fall to them. At the same time, they may also be out of a reasonable range for Bill Belichick to pay the steep price it would take to get up as high as the fourth pick, currently held by the Atlanta Falcons.

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