Michigan Wolverines: J.B. Fitzgerald

The three-day NFL Draft came and went over the weekend with few surprises for Michigan players. Three players -- Mike Martin, David Molk and Junior Hemingway -- were drafted.

Many more were not.

The three players drafted equaled the 2010 NFL Draft, which had Brandon Graham go in the first round, Zoltan Mesko in the fifth round and Stevie Brown in the seventh.

In this year’s draft, Martin went to Tennessee in the third round, while Molk and Hemingway were selected in the seventh round by San Diego and Kansas City, respectively.

Hemingway, the last Michigan player taken, joins Steve Breaston as a wide receiver in Kansas City.

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A couple of seasons ago, it was among the worst units on the Michigan roster. Now, however, the Wolverines linebacking corps enters this spring as one of the deepest and strongest units on the team.

Michigan loses depth at the position in J.B. Fitzgerald and Brandon Herron, but has the majority of its rotation players returning from a season ago. Linebacker is one of two positions to actually get deeper from the fall to the spring due to early enrollees.

Expect this position group to make positive movement this season, but here's what Michigan is looking at this spring.

Question of the week: Your last meal 

February, 27, 2012
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Exit Interview: LB J.B. Fitzgerald 

February, 22, 2012
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"Exit Interview" is a feature at WolverineNation where we chat with departing seniors from the Michigan football and men's basketball programs about their time in Ann Arbor in a Q&A format.

Previous Exit Interviews: C David Molk; CB Troy Woolfolk; DL Will Heininger; TE Steve Watson; TE Kevin Koger; S Jared Van Slyke; DT Alex Schwab; WR Jordan Barpal; LB Brandon Herron; CB Tony Anderson; FB John McColgan; WR Martavious Odoms; DT Mike Martin; OL Mark Huyge

Former Michigan linebacker J.B. Fitzgerald played in every game of his career -- starting three at linebacker as a junior -- but was used as a reserve linebacker and on special teams throughout his career.

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Rewind on the 2008 recruiting class 

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Kenny DemensLon Horwedel/Icon SMIKenny Demens may not have been in the ESPNU 150 when he signed with Michigan, but he has started the last two seasons at middle linebacker, leading the Wolverines in tackles this past season.

It was a year of transition at Michigan. Lloyd Carr retired. Rich Rodriguez was hired. And as with any coaching change, recruiting will shift.

Four years later, however, how did that Michigan recruiting class fare?

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