The 2012 WNBA Draft got underway on Monday afternoon with the Los Angeles Sparks making Nneka Ogwumike the top overall pick. The defending champion Minnesota Lynx had the third overall pick, giving them a solid chance to add a valuable piece to an already strong team.
The Lynx decided to select Notre Dame forward Devereaux Peters when it was their turn to make a selection. The 6-foot-2 forward is said to be a solid rebounder, according to SB Nation's Swish Appeal, but she doesn't come without a history of injuries.
Nevertheless, what keeps coming up in analyses of Peters is those two ACL injuries she suffered in the first two years of her career. When making the comparison to an athlete like Johnson - if it were to come down to that for a GM - that injury history might break the tie if all else were considered equal. The other thing that stands out is that she was relatively foul prone at the college level, picking up fouls of over-aggression on occasion. The combination of that and her size as primarily an interior player could be a concern, but there's little question she'll be a contributor on a team that can fully utilize her defensive ability.
The Lynx entered the draft with four other picks as well, but there have been indications that they may decide to trade at least one of them considering there aren't many open roster spots for incoming rookies.