The New York Giants selected Hakeem Nicks with the 29th overall selection in the 2009 NFL Draft.

In the 2008 season, the Giants finished 12-4 in the regular season, finishing in first place in the NFC East. The Giants lost to the Philadelphia Eagles in the divisional playoffs.

Prior to selecting Nicks, the Giants had selected a defensive player with each of their last three first-round selections, including 2008, when they selected Miami safety Kenny Phillips.
- The Giants acquired the 13th pick in the 2nd round (45th overall) and the 15th pick in the 5th round (151st overall) from the New Orleans Saints in exchange for Jeremy Shockey on July 21, 2008.

- The Giants acquired the 21st pick in the 3rd round (85th overall) from the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for the 27th pick in the 3rd round (91st overall) and the 28th pick in the 5th round (164th overall) on April 26, 2009.