In 2008, the Seahawks finished 4-12 in the regular season, finishing in third place in the NFC West. 2009 marked their first draft under new head coach Jim Mora, who replaced Mike Holmgren following the 2008 season.
The last time the Seahawks selected in the top five was in 1997, when they selected Ohio State defensive back Shawn Springs third overall.
- The Seahawks acquired the 91st overall pick from the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for the 137th overall pick, the 213th overall pick and a 3rd-round pick in 2010 on April 26, 2009.
- The Seahawks acquired a first-round pick in the 2010 NFL Draft from the Denver Broncos in exchange for the 37th overall pick in the 2009 Draft on April 25, 2009.
- The Seahawks acquired the first pick in the fifth round (137th overall) along with Cory Redding from the Detroit Lions in exchange for Julian Peterson on March 14, 2009.
- The Seahawks traded the fourth pick in the fifth round (140th overall) to the Denver Broncos in exchange for Keary Colbert on Sept. 16, 2008.