Table scraps from the NFL draft:
* Tom Donahoe blamed just about everyone for his inability to trade Travis Henry. The Bills president and general manager said other teams weren't making offers. He said Henry's agent, Hadley Engelhard, hasn't done his part to help make a deal happen. He fingered everyone but the person chiefly responsible: himself.
Donahoe overestimated Henry's value on the trade market. After the first day of the draft, he said he would have considered a third-round pick for Henry but couldn't find a willing partner. Well, then he should have tried harder to deal Henry for a fourth-round pick. Six running backs went in the fourth round. You'd have to think at least one of those teams would have traded the pick for Henry.
It was Donahoe's job to get a deal done. He overplayed his hand. The draft is done and the market for running backs has been significantly weakened. At least for the time being, the Bills are stuck with Henry, a diminished asset who has demanded a trade and says he will not play in Buffalo again.
Donahoe still could swap Henry for a future pick or a marginal player. Or he could be stubborn and make Henry sit and stew until the start of the season, when Henry would have to report to get paid. But that's not the best thing for the franchise. Listening to Mike Mularkey after the draft, I got the distinct impression that the head coach would rather have the Henry headache over with.
* The Bills expect their first two picks, Roscoe Parrish and Kevin Everett, to be immediate contributors on offense. Let's hope the new guys do a better job figuring out the offense than they did the NFL's standardized intelligence test.
Parrish scored 10 out of 50 on the Wonderlic test, given every year to draft prospects. That was the second-lowest score among drafted wide receivers. Everett scored 12, last among tight ends. Of course, the Miami program did not become famous by turning out prospective senators and neurosurgeons. Frank Gore, a Miami running back, had a 6.
The typical NFL prospect scores a 21 on the Wonderlic, roughly the same as the general population. A couple of sample questions: What is the ninth month of the year? If a pad of paper sells for 21 cents, how much will four pads cost?
Duke Preston, the Bills' fourth-round pick, scored 33 on the test. Preston is the son of a former NFL player and a well-rounded guy who likes to surf and play baseball. Centers typically score well on the Wonderlic test. I liked this pick for selfish reasons. I'm hoping Preston will follow Kent Hull, Jerry Ostroski and Ross Tucker in the grand tradition of quotable Buffalo centers -- what we in the media refer to as locker room "go-to guys."
* Presumably, Bill Parcells' enthusiasm for the coaching profession has been rekindled by the Cowboys' solid draft. Dallas, which couldn't stop anyone last season, had three of the first 42 picks and used them all on defensive playmakers. They picked up defensive ends DeMarcus Ware and Marcus Spears, and a pass-rushing linebacker, Kevin Burnett.
Parcells seems determined to rebuild the Cowboys in the image of his old Giants teams -- with a swift, dominant defense and a conservative, ball-control offense. His new quarterback, Drew Bledsoe, won't be expected to win games. All Bledsoe will be asked to do is manage a low-risk attack and minimize his mistakes. Now where have we heard that one before?
It's never good news for the Bills when top running backs come into the AFC East. Last year, New England traded for Corey Dillon, who ran all over Buffalo in a Sunday night rout. This year, Miami picked up the top running back in the draft, Ronnie Brown. The Bills struggled to stop the Dolphins' running game last year when Sammy Morris was the featured guy. Imagine the problems they'll have if Brown lives up to expectations.