Feb 21, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman speaks at a press conference during the 2013 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Vikings Scouting Director Scott Studwell Steps Down

Vikings Director of College Scouting Scott Studwell has resigned from his post following the 2014 NFL Draft, according to the Star Tribune’s Sid Hartman.

Studwell had held the position since 2002, following a 14 year career as one of the best tackling linebackers in NFL history. It’s almost ironic that Studwell became such a high ranking member of the Vikings front office, as he is one the team’s biggest draft steals in history.

Jamaal Stephenson, previously the team’s assistant director of college scouting, will succeed Studwell according to ESPN’s Ben Goessling.

Studwell, now 59 years old, reportedly is making the move to spend more time with his family. Studwell will transition to a different role in the Vikings front office, one that likely requires less travel and much shorter hours.

Studwell has been a part of some great Vikings drafts in the past, so it’s smart of the Vikings to make sure to keep him around in at least some capacity for the future. That future will just involve a few less pro days and a little more family time for Studwell.

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