That leaves the Dolphins will no one to go after in free agency.
And that's a problem considering we still don't know whether Jason Ferguson will come back for another year. Even if he does, Ferguson's age and the fact he's coming off a season-ending quad injury makes this a position of need because Paul Soliai just hasn't shown enough since joining the Dolphins as a fourth-round pick in 2007.
Minus a free agent solution, that means the Dolphins will have to turn to the draft to get a nose tackle.
Williams is projected to get drafted anywhere from the middle to the later part of Round 1, Cody is projected to go late in the first or early in the second, and Thomas is projected as either a second- or third-round pick.
Linebacker and wide receiver are two other major priorities for the Dolphins this offseason, but the possibilities for success in free agency are better at those positions.
At linebacker, the Dolphins could make a push for Karlos Dansby.
The bottom line is the Dolphins might not have a choice but to spend an early draft pick on a nose tackle. That might not be a sexy pick, but free agency obviously won't provide any help at that position.