The Washington Redskins used the 13th overall selection in the 2009 NFL Draft to select Texas DE Brian Orakpo.

In the 2008 season, the Redskins finished 8-8 in the regular season, last place in the NFC East.

Including 2009, the Redskins have made only two first-round selections in the last four drafts, and used both of them on defensive players (Brian Orakpo, LaRon Landry).
- The Redskins traded the 12th selection in the 2nd round (44th overall) and a 2010 6th-round pick to the Miami Dolphins in exchange for Jason Taylor on July 20, 2008.

- The Redskins traded the 15th selection in the 4th round to the New York Jets in exchange for Pete Kendall on Aug. 23, 2007.

- The Redskins traded the 12th selection in the 7th round to the Minnesota Vikings in exchange for Erasmus James on May 27, 2008.