Packers use No. 33 pick on Washington CB Kevin King

PHILADELPHIA — Amid speculation the Green Bay Packers would trade down once again in the NFL Draft, they instead use the No. 33 overall pick to select Washington cornerback Kevin King.

King was an honorable mention All-Pac 12 member in 2016, starting all 14 games for the Huskies with 26 tackles, 3.5 TFLs, and two interceptions. He also had a career-high 13 passes defensed.

If King’s conference call with local reporters was any indication, King won’t have any lack of work ethic as a Packer. Instead of pouting about not being selected in the first round, King went to work.

“After last night, emotions were flying, I didn’t really know what to think,” King recalled. “All I can do is what I knew how to do. I went back to the hotel and I went and worked out. I ran on the treadmill for about an hour and I hit the weights.”

There were rumblings the Packers may use the first pick in round two of the draft to trade back with teams interested in King’s services. It was rumored Green Bay would select Notre Dame quarterback Deshone Kizer if they did not move from the No. 33 pick.

King should make an immediate impact for the Green Bay defense. He was asked by reporters if he would have felt comfortable facing off with Julio Jones in the NFC Championship Game loss to the Atlanta Falcons.

Packers to host DT Jean Francois on Wednesday

GREEN BAY, Wis. — The Green Bay Packers are set to host veteran free agent defensive tackle Ricky Jean Francois on Wednesday, following visits with the Seattle Seahawks and Chicago Bears.

Green Bay has already added three new players through free agency, but the impending four-game suspension of Letroy Guion has the Packers looking for depth heading into next season. Jean Francois is heading into his ninth NFL season, having played the last two years with the Washington Redskins. Jean Francois has experience playing in both 3-4 and 4-3 defensive schemes.

Jean Francois was selected in the seventh round of the 2009 NFL Draft, recording 153 career tackles and 12 career sacks.

Regardless of whether or not Green Bay signs Jean Francois, the Packers have been planning to insert second-year defensive lineman Kenny Clark into that role. They’re hoping Clark can step in for Guion as a pass-rusher, but also act as a run-stuffer  after the 2015 departure of B.J. Raji.

Second half woes plague Bucks in loss to Wizards

MILWAUKEE — Giannis Antetokounmpo was out of the lineup for the Milwaukee Bucks due to illness, and the Washington Wizards took advantage of his absence, coming back from a 12-point deficit to get a 107-101 win Sunday afternoon.

As has often been the case this year, Milwaukee started hot, holding a 31-24 lead after the first quarter. They built that up to a 12-point lead early in the second, leading 57-49 at halftime. But the final two quarters saw Milwaukee’s offense sputter, putting up 21 and 23 points, respectively.

Mirza Teletovic took Antetokounmpo’s place in the lineup, providing just five points of offense on 2-of-8 shooting. Jabari Parker and Malcolm Brogdon tried to pick up the slack, adding a combined 50 points on 18-of-36 shooting (50 percent).

Bradley Beal led the Wizards with 26 points on 52.6 percent shooting. As a team, Washington struggled from the three-point line, converting on just 31.2 percent of their attempts (10-of-32).

Wisconsin, Penn State both miss College Football Playoff field

INDIANAPOLIS — As runner-up in the Big Ten Championship game, Wisconsin wasn’t expected to make the College Football Playoff field, but Sunday’s release also omitted Big Ten champion Penn State.

The Top Six (Top Four make CFP)

  1. Alabama
  2. Clemson
  3. Ohio State
  4. Washington
  5. Penn State
  6. Michigan

After a 42-35 win over Virginia Tech in the ACC Championship game, Clemson rose to No. 2 in the committee’s eyes, while Ohio State dropped to No. 3, having not played a conference championship game.

After missing out on the playoff field, Wisconsin will find out its postseason bowl game and opponent at 1:30 p.m. central time.