The Green Bay Packers held the ninth overall selection in the 2009 NFL Draft. With the ninth selection, the Packers took DT B.J. Raji from Boston College. The Packers also traded up to get the 26th selection in the first round, a pick with which they selected LB Clay Matthews out of USC.

In the 2008 season, the Packers finished 6-10 in the regular season, finishing in third place in the NFC North.

The Packers have used six of their past seven first-round selections on defensive players. The lone exception came in 2005, when they selected Cal quarterback Aaron Rodgers 24th overall.
- The Packers acquired the 26th pick and 162nd overall pick from the New England Patriots in exchange for the 41st overall pick, the 73rd overall pick, and the 83rd overall pick on April 25, 2009.

- The Packers acquired the 19th pick of the 3rd round (83rd overall) from the New York Jets in exchange for Brett Favre and a 2010 draft pick on Aug. 6, 2008.

- The Packers acquired the 14th pick of the 6th round (187th overall) from the New Orleans Saints in exchange for a 7th round pick in 2008 on April 27, 2008.