The Minnesota Vikings selected Florida WR Percy Harvin with the 22nd overall selection in the 2009 NFL Draft. In the second round, the Vikings selected Oklahoma OT Phil Loadholt. The pick was announced by Onyx Herrera, a Vikings fan who won an NFL-sponsored contest.

In the 2008 season, the Vikings finished 10-6 in the regular season, finishing in first place in the NFC North. They lost to the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC Wild Card Round.

The Vikings have used their last two selections on offensive players. Their last first-round selection was Oklahoma running back Adrian Peterson in 2007.
- The Vikings traded the 22nd pick of the 4th round (122nd overall) to the Houston Texans in exchange for Sage Rosenfels on Feb. 27, 2009.

- The Vikings traded the 22nd pick of the 6th round (195th overall) to the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for Kelly Holcomb on Aug. 27, 2007.
- The Vikings acquired the 12th pick of the 7th round (221st overall) from the Washington Redskins in exchange for Erasmus James on May 27, 2008.