http://blogs.palmbeachpost.com/theda...thomas-rising/Three players who seem to intrigue the Dolphins — NT Dan Williams, G Mike Iupati and S Earl Thomas — were the names offered when we asked Sports Illustrated draft guru Tony Pauline Monday morning to name the three guys whose stock has risen most in the weeks leading up to the draft.
When we asked the opposite question, to name three players whose stock has fallen, the answers were equally intriguing: NT Terrence Cody, WR Dez Bryant and S Taylor Mays.
While Williams seems to be a good fit for a Dolphin team in need of a nose tackle, Iupati has to be intriguing in light of the Justin Smiley situation. With Smiley on the trade block and no starting left guard on the roster, the notion of putting Iupati alongside Jake Long and having the left side of the O-line set for years to come has to be tempting.
Thomas is equally intriguing. Rated the No. 7 prospect in the draft by Scouts.com — Mel Kiper has him 12th on his big board — Thomas could step in at free safety and give Miami one of the best young secondary units in the NFL.
Pauline has Williams going to Miami at No. 12 in his latest mock draft.