WNBA mock draft roundup: Who will be picked in the first round?

NaLyssa Smith. (G Fiume/Getty Images)

As many of the NCAA’s best descend on New York City for the WNBA draft, which starts at 7 p.m. ET Monday on ESPN, Just Women’s Sports has rounded up the projected first-round picks from the latest the mock drafts.

For an analysis on the top 50 prospects in this class, see Just Women’s Sports’ Draft Big Board.

No. 1: Atlanta Dream (from Washington)
Consensus: Rhyne Howard (Kentucky, Guard)

JWS analysis: Rhyne Howard “is an all-around playmaker and scorer who can come in and make an immediate impact as the Dream look to build around her for the future,” according to Lyndsey D’Arcangelo.

No. 2: Indiana Fever
Consensus: NaLyssa Smith (Baylor, Forward)

  • JWS: NaLyssa Smith (Baylor, Forward)
  • ESPN: NaLyssa Smith (Baylor, Forward)
  • CBS Sports: NaLyssa Smith (Baylor, Forward)
  • Bleacher Report: NaLyssa Smith (Baylor, Forward)
  • The Athletic: NaLyssa Smith (Baylor, Forward)

JWS analysis: NaLyssa Smith “has the impact potential the Fever can build around for the future, and she fills an immediate (and desperate) need on their roster with her size, competitiveness and athleticism,” Rachel Galligan says.

No. 3: Washington Mystics (from Atlanta)
Consensus: Shakira Austin (Ole Miss, Center)

  • JWS: Nyara Sabally (Oregon, Center)
  • ESPN: Shakira Austin (Ole Miss, Center)
  • CBS Sports: Shakira Austin (Ole Miss, Center)
  • Bleacher Report: Nyara Sabally (Oregon, Center)
  • The Athletic: Shakira Austin (Ole Miss, Center)

JWS analysis: Shakira Austin’s “pro-readiness is too appealing to pass up, especially as Elena Delle Donne’s health remains up in the air,” according to managing editor Hannah Withiam.

No. 4: Indiana Fever
Consensus: Kierstan Bell (FGCU, Guard)

  • JWS: Shakira Austin (Ole Miss, Center)
  • ESPN: Emily Engstler (Louisville, Forward)
  • CBS Sports: Kierstan Bell (FGCU, Guard)
  • Bleacher Report: Shakira Austin (Ole Miss, Center)
  • The Athletic: Kierstan Bell (FGCU, Guard)

JWS analysis: Kierstan Bell “has good size at the guard spot and the overall skill and strength to do well in the pros,” per Galligan.

No. 5: New York Liberty
Consensus: Emily Engstler (Louisville, Forward)

  • JWS: Emily Engstler (Louisville, Forward)
  • ESPN: Nyara Sabally (Oregon, Center)
  • CBS Sports: Emily Engstler (Louisville, Forward)
  • Bleacher Report: Emily Engstler (Louisville, Forward)
  • The Athletic: Nyara Sabally (Oregon, Center)

JWS analysis: Emily Engstler’s “instincts and length would be a game-changer for the Liberty on defense,” according to Galligan.

No. 6: Indiana Fever (from Dallas)
Consensus: –

  • JWS: Kierstan Bell (FGCU, Guard)
  • ESPN: Elissa Cunane (NC State, Center)
  • CBS Sports: Nyara Sabally (Oregon, Center)
  • Bleacher Report: Veronica Burton (Northwestern, Guard)
  • The Athletic: Christyn Williams (UConn, Guard)

No. 7: Dallas Wings (from Chicago)
Consensus: –

  • JWS: Elissa Cunane (NC State, Center)
  • ESPN: Rae Burrell (Tennessee, Guard)
  • CBS Sports: Rae Burrell (Tennessee, Guard)
  • Bleacher Report: Kierstan Bell (FGCU, Guard)
  • The Athletic: Sika Kone (Mali, Forward)

No. 8: Las Vegas Aces (from Minnesota)
Consensus: –

  • JWS: Sika Kone (Mali, Forward)
  • ESPN: Sika Kone (Mali, Forward)
  • CBS Sports: Destanni Henderson (South Carolina, Guard)
  • Bleacher Report: Khayla Pointer (LSU, Guard)
  • The Athletic: Emily Engstler (Louisville, Forward)

No. 9: Los Angeles Sparks (from Seattle)
Consensus: –

  • JWS: Rae Burrell (Tennessee, Guard)
  • ESPN: Kierstan Bell (FGCU, Guard)
  • CBS Sports: Christyn Williams (UConn, Guard)
  • Bleacher Report: Rae Burrell (Tennessee, Guard)
  • The Athletic: Elissa Cunane (NC State, Center)

No. 10: Indiana Fever (from Minnesota)
Consensus: –

  • JWS: Destanni Henderson (South Carolina, Guard)
  • ESPN: Destanni Henderson (South Carolina, Guard)
  • CBS Sports: Nia Clouden (Michigan State, Guard)
  • Bleacher Report: Christyn Williams (UConn, Guard)
  • The Athletic: Queen Egbo (Baylor, Center)

No. 11: Las Vegas Aces
Consensus: –

  • JWS: Naz Hillmon (Michigan, Forward)
  • ESPN: Naz Hillmon (Michigan, Forward)
  • CBS Sports: Elissa Cunane (NC State, Center)
  • Bleacher Report: Evina Westbrook (UConn, Guard)
  • The Athletic: Rae Burrell (Tennessee, Guard)

No. 12: Connecticut Sun
Consensus: –

  • JWS: KiKi Smith (Florida, Guard)
  • ESPN: Christyn Williams (UConn, Guard)
  • CBS Sports: Veronica Burton (Northwestern, Guard)
  • Bleacher Report: Destanni Henderson (South Carolina, Guard)
  • The Athletic: Nia Clouden (Michigan State, Guard)