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Urban Meyer has high praise for Ezekiel Elliott

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Ohio State Coach Urban Meyer stopped by the NFL Network broadcast booth Saturday morning during the first quarterback and wide receiver workout at the Scouting Combine. Meyer spoke on several subjects, but he really lit up when the conversation turned to former Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott.

“He’s the best player I’ve ever coached without the ball in his hands,” Meyer said of Elliott. “Think about that for a minute.

“He’s the best as far as blocking, pass protection and effort down the field.”

Elliott told reporters at the Combine this week that his versatility and ability be a three-down back separate him from the rest of the running back class.

There are 14 Ohio State players at the Combine, and nine of them gave up their remaining college eligibility to enter the NFL. Meyer said because it would have been “impossible” to give every NFL scout who inquired sufficient time to talk individually about those players, he hosted an informational session earlier this month and said he believes every NFL team was represented.

“We’ve never done that before,” Meyer said. “It was a special day.”

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7 Responses to “Urban Meyer has high praise for Ezekiel Elliott”
  1. FinFan68 says: Feb 27, 2016 11:54 AM

    Pre-draft it is usually pointless to listen to coaches talk about their ex-players. Negative comments should probably hold a bit more weight than positive ones though.

  2. vottorific says: Feb 27, 2016 11:54 AM

    Urban is a winner.

  3. thegreatgabbert says: Feb 27, 2016 12:21 PM

    Bobblehead Zeke looks like a concussion waiting to happen. Half his body surface is head.

  4. abninf says: Feb 27, 2016 12:45 PM

    FinFan68 says:

    Pre-draft it is usually pointless to listen to coaches talk about their ex-players.
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    The tape backs it up. This guy is a pure football player. My favorite player in the draft. And I despise Ohio State.

  5. scoocha says: Feb 27, 2016 6:24 PM

    Luckeyes have not had much luck with skill position players. Urban Meyer either.
    I expect EE to be in CFL in 2 years.

  6. dukeblue12 says: Feb 28, 2016 10:04 AM

    Best RB in the draft and it’s not even close

  7. FinFan68 says: Feb 28, 2016 12:17 PM

    abninf says:
    Feb 27, 2016 12:45 PM
    FinFan68 says:

    Pre-draft it is usually pointless to listen to coaches talk about their ex-players.
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    The tape backs it up. This guy is a pure football player. My favorite player in the draft. And I despise Ohio State
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    My point is that the tape is the best indicator. Coaches often praise their players because drafted players and high slots are a recruiting tool for next year. I agree that his tape looks good. Just saying coaches can’t be trusted on their own this time of year.

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