EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. --The New York Giants may have found a replacement for Super Bowl hero Plaxico Burress in the first round of the draft, taking receiver Hakeem Nicks of North Carolina with the 29th pick overall. The Giants released Burress earlier this month after concluding that veteran was not going to change his ways after four troubled seasons. His tenure was highlighted by a game-winning touchdown catch in the Super Bowl against the previously undefeated New England Patriots in February 2008, but it was also dogged by fines and suspensions.
Nicks, who left school after his junior year, set 14 school receiving records at North Carolina, leaving as the all-time leader in catches, yardage and touchdown receptions.
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