NFL columnist Don Banks writes:
“It had been since 1974 since no cornerbacks were taken in the opening 25 picks of a draft.”
If you use the same word twice in one sentence, you might want to replace or eliminate one of them.
Some possible alternatives:
- The simple but somewhat awkward approach: “It had been since 1974 that no cornerbacks were taken in the opening 25 picks of a draft.”
- Maybe smoother: “Not since 1974 had we seen a draft with no cornerbacks among the opening 25 picks.”
- Simplest, smoothest, most straightforward statement of truth: “This year’s cornerbacks were a lame lot. Geez, nobody wanted any of ’em.”