At right guard, the tandem of Max Jean-Gilles and Nick Cole simply wasn't enough to bear the brunt of pass rushing defensive linemen. The Eagles will need to shore up the right side of their offensive line in order to keep Michael Vick from getting attacked on every single snap.
Although he possesses the talent of a first-round prospect, Villanova's Benjamin Ijalana will likely fall to the mid-to-late second round for two reasons. First, his December surgery for a double sports hernia might cause some teams to fear the injury bug after he was forced to skip both the Senior Bowl and the NFL Combine.
Second, if you believe Ijalana's agent, Tony Agnone, the NFL is notoriously prejudiced against small-school prospects due to the lack of competition. In a recent interview with Philly.com, Agnone attempted to fight that predjudice:
"I think there's always a prejudice against a guy from a smaller school, so obviously if any team wants to downgrade Ben, that's an excuse. The level of competition is what they always argue, but if you look around...There are plenty of I-AA guys in the league, and they have to understand that."
It appears as though the Eagles are one of the teams who are ignoring Ijalana's small-school label, though, as they invited him to a private workout in early April. Should Ijalana still be available at pick No. 54, the Eagles could take a shot at acquiring another hidden gem from Villanova, a la Brian Westbrook.