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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  • ugglorr

    Best wishes to Mr. Studwell. Enjoyed all the efforts on the field and in the office.

  • Kerry Elmberg jr

    The “stud” will be “well”. Go vikings

  • holymomentumbatman#84

    Scott Studwell’s name is legend among us hard core Viking fans. My bet is that some fans from the golden days of The Met,( my generation ) still wear HIS #55 to the games. Word is that Anthony Barr is next in line to receive the noble numerals. I can vividly recall the caliber of play the Vikings received from “one of the biggest steals in draft history”, A 9th ROUND, #250 OVERALL, from the 1977 draft. I looked back, and spotted a smattering of player names that I can remember from that year. Of course, Tony Dorsett is the most prominent name, but, beyond him, there are very few…VERY FEW, that could be classified as a “steal”. Lester “the assassin” Hayes, was taken in the 5th round that year, BUT NOT THE 9th!

    I sincerely hope that, if Barr makes the team, and sticks around, that he comes close to the ferocity and heart that Scott Studwell brought to the table. Here’s to you, Mr. Studwell. You have shown us Viking fans, young and old, an undying loyalty that ONLY Viking fans can feel in their bones, for many years. Hopefully, those years will continue to accumulate, as you are now able to have more free time to spend with those you love. WE LOVE having guys like you around. Guys that’ll be wearing the purple and gold when their toes are turned up and cold. SKOL VIKINGS!!

  • Scott Smith

    The best name in all of sports, if not the entire planet.