The Houston Texans selected LB Brian Cushing with the 15th overall selection in the 2009 NFL Draft.

In the 2008 season, the Texans finished 8-8 in the regular season, finishing in third place in the AFC South.

The Texans have used six of their last seven first-round selections on defensive players. The lone exception came in 2008, when they selected Virginia Tech offensive tackle Duane Brown with the 26th overall pick.
- The Texans acquired the 22nd pick in the 4th round (122nd overall) from the Minnesota Vikings in exchange for Sage Rosenfels on Feb. 27, 2009.