Sport: TIME'S All-America Team: Pick of the Pros

Vince Lombardi would have loved the football class of '74. The college players concluding their undergraduate grid careers this winter are an uncommonly rugged group. TIME'S annual poll of professional scouts to determine the athletes who will be most sought after in the N.F.L. draft has turned up an abundance of intimidating talent. The way the pros saw the season, the best players were linemen and linebackers—big rough performers schooled in the grunt-and-groan tradition that Lombardi refined to savage perfection at Green Bay.

The scouts' selections:

Defense Ends: (1) ED JONES, Tennessee State, 6 ft. 9 in., 268 Ibs., and (2) JOHN DUTTON,...

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