The New Orleans Saints selected Malcolm Jenkins with the 14th overall selection in the 2009 NFL Draft.

In the 2008 season, the Saints finished 8-8 in the regular season, finishing in last place in the NFC South.

The Saints have used their last two first-round selections on defensive players. Jenkins was preceded by USC defensive tackle Sedrick Ellis in 2008.
- The Saints traded the 13th pick in the 2nd round (45th overall) and the 15th pick in the 5th round (151st overall) to the New York Giants in exchange for Jeremy Shockey on July 21, 2008.

- The Saints traded the 12th pick in the 3rd round (76th overall) and a 2008 4th-round pick to the New York Jets in exchange for Jonathan Vilma and the 18th pick in the 4th round (118th overall) on Feb. 29, 2008.

- The Saints acquired the 28th pick in the 5th round (164th overall) from the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for the 13th pick in the 7th round (222nd overall) and and 5th round pick in 2010 on April 26, 2009.

- The Saints traded the 14th pick in the 6th round (187th overall) to the Green Bay Packers in exchange for a 2008 7th-round pick on April 27, 2008.