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.”