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Scott Studwell steps down as Vikings college scouting director

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Team rosters aren’t the only things in flux now that the NFL Draft is in the books.

This is the season for shuffling in personnel departments as well.

According to Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Vikings director of college scouting Scott Studwell has stepped down after 12 years on the job.

He’ll remain with the team in some role, but will be replaced by assistant director of college scouting Jamaal Stephenson.

The 59-year-old Studwell is one of the team’s most decorated players, as the former linebacker’s in their Ring of Honor after playing for them from 1977-90.

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40 Responses to “Scott Studwell steps down as Vikings college scouting director”
  1. ickky says: May 13, 2014 8:45 AM

    Thanks for your great job scouting the 2005 Draft, where the Vikes ended up with Troy Williamson, and Erasmus James.

  2. youngs79 says: May 13, 2014 8:45 AM

    That #55 should be retired. I think he has earned it after 38 years with the club.

  3. indymarc says: May 13, 2014 8:50 AM

    What a tough job. I can’t imagine having to watch college football every Saturday. Free tickets, VIP treatment, and access to coaches. Some people have it tough.

  4. FinFan68 says: May 13, 2014 8:50 AM

    Always liked him as a player

  5. monsterright says: May 13, 2014 8:51 AM

    I’d step down too. You do your job well and the GM drafts Bridgewater anyway.

  6. chris1cat says: May 13, 2014 9:02 AM

    I’ll never forget the passion every week. Not Only one of my favorite Viking players but one of the most UNDER rated middle LB’s of all time. A class act that brought his work ethic to the front office too.
    He is now going to spend more time with his family good for him! I am thrilled he’s taking a lesser role with the team because when the Vikings win that Superbowl in the next few years he needs to be a part of that first hand! Rock N’ SKOL !

  7. ariani1985 says: May 13, 2014 9:08 AM

    1. Another Packer Bust in the first round.
    Let’s take a look at their brilliance over the years.
    2013 – Dantone Jones -BUST
    2012 – Nick Perry – BUST
    2011 – Derek Sherrod -BUST
    2010 – Brian Bulaga – BUST
    2009 – BJ Raji – BUST
    2008 – NO Pick
    2007 – Justin Harrell – BUST
    2006 – AJ HAWK – BUST
    2005 – Ahmad Carroll – BUST
    2001 – Jamal Reynolds – BUST
    2000 – Bubba Franks – BUST
    1999 – Antuan Edwards -BUST
    1997 – Ross Verba – BUST
    1996 – John Michels – EPIC BUST
    1995 – Aaron Taylor – BUST
    1992 – Terrell Buckley – EPIC BUST
    1991 – Vinnie Clark – BUST
    1990 – Tony Bennett – BUST
    1989 – Tony Mandarich – BIGGEST BUST IN NFL HISTORY!

  8. grantsbuds says: May 13, 2014 9:08 AM

    Long ago Studwell deserved a shot @ GM.

  9. nflofficeadmin says: May 13, 2014 9:12 AM

    Hang in there Stud..

  10. jwcarlson says: May 13, 2014 9:12 AM

    38 years… still no championship.

  11. sdsmooth says: May 13, 2014 9:25 AM

    Mr. Studwell contributed to exactly zero championships.

  12. sdsmooth says: May 13, 2014 9:27 AM

    It’s amazing with all those busts over the years that the Packers were still able to get to 3 Super Bowls and win 2 of them.

    What an amazing franchise!

  13. tokyosandblaster says: May 13, 2014 9:27 AM

    I’d step down after 38 years of embracing the suck.

  14. Carl Gerbschmidt says: May 13, 2014 10:12 AM

    Is this fallout from the Special Counsel report?

  15. filthymcnasty1 says: May 13, 2014 10:16 AM

    He’ll always have fond memories of the many offseason paper Viking championships.

  16. johnelwayishorsefaced says: May 13, 2014 10:18 AM

    He thought Christian Ponder was worthy of a 12th overall pick

  17. stellarperformance says: May 13, 2014 10:21 AM

    All those Packer first round busts……wow. I had no idea. How in the world could the Packers still OWN the Vikings so thoroughly? It should be the other way around, shouldn’t it?

  18. whatjusthapped says: May 13, 2014 10:23 AM

    The guy had a thankless job. Teams will never provide the inside access you would need to accurately assess how well he did his job but I would love to read his scouting reports on T-Jack, Chris Cook, Christian Ponder, Troy Williamson and Erasmus James just to name a few of the more prominent Viking busts. Did Studwell write a glowing report or did the GM ignore the warning signs and waste those draft picks?

    In finishing last in three out of the last 4 years, I am not sure where the blame belongs except over the entire Viking organization.

  19. realitysam says: May 13, 2014 10:24 AM

    Help me out here. What does Packers draft choices have to do with Scott Studwell? What am I missing? BTW, I always had a great amount of respect for Scott as a player as he had some great games against the Packers.

  20. wishingtonredslur says: May 13, 2014 10:28 AM

    I wonder how many more Super Bowls Green Bay would have if the Giants hadn’t walked into their house and robbed it? Twice. Oh well.

  21. rosstuckershair says: May 13, 2014 10:34 AM

    It’s amazing with all those busts over the years that the Packers were still able to get to 3 Super Bowls and win 2 of them.

    What an amazing franchise!………

    Take Rodgers out of the lineup and you will be lucky to win 4 games. It was totally proven last year..

  22. ariani1985 says: May 13, 2014 10:39 AM

    Turd bay and losing home playoff games go together like bees and honey.


  23. Carl Gerbschmidt says: May 13, 2014 10:46 AM

    Why would we ever take our future HOF QB Aaron rodgers out of the lineup? That would be stupid, I don’t think you Vike fans know very much about football.

  24. mountaindont says: May 13, 2014 10:52 AM

    Love the list of Packers first round “Busts”. Isn’t it odd how a team can draft so poorly but still make it to 3 Superbowls during the time frame listed. We all know the Vikings have the most inepted team both on and off the field in pro sports history. Just wondering how the Vikings drafts have helped them on the field during the same time frame????

  25. golforepar says: May 13, 2014 10:53 AM

    Name calling goes with grade school. Get a clue, Son!

  26. sincejumpstreet says: May 13, 2014 10:53 AM

    Im sure he did miss on some picks. Who doesn’t? The fact is he was a good linebacker, good scout, and a good and loyal employee for what? 38 years? Reporters say he was solid with the media, too. Everybody in the NFL should be like Scott Studwell. I would like to see some of his scouting reports. Maybe he’ll write a book.

  27. bearshaterseverywhere says: May 13, 2014 10:53 AM

    More proof to how terrible Spielman is, even his own scouts are fed up with his poor draft picks….Bridge over troubled water.

    Pathetic Organization.

  28. atthemurph says: May 13, 2014 10:58 AM

    I just love the Mudducks hatred of the lowly 13 time World Champion Green Bay Packers. How the Mudducks like to beleive that it is only because the packers have had very good QBs over the past 20+ years that they win.

    Well figure it out! How sad that the best QB in franchise history was a 40 yr old washed up former Packer. What a joke that the best QB the franchise has drafted in the last 30 yrs is Dainty Fumblepepper!

    My God how many Tommy Kramers, Wade Wilsons, Rich Gannons, Jim McMahons, Brad Johnsons, Randall Cunninghams, Jeff Georges, Tarvaris Jacksons, Gus Ferottes, Christian Ponders and Matt Cassels can one population survive?

    And now Teddy Badwater with the weak inaccurate arm?? It’d be enough to drive a person to watch actually watch Gopher hockey but they can’t win anything either.

  29. linemanguy74 says: May 13, 2014 11:10 AM

    PLayed hurt a lot of times, not like a Packer linebacker that sits out with a sore thumb

  30. purpleguy says: May 13, 2014 11:22 AM

    Good guy, great player, great scout. And for the geniuses “wondering” how the Pack won with all those busts, it’s simple: Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers. Wolf hit on the Favre trade and TT hit on the Rodgers pick — and they deserve ample credit for that. The lesson is equally simple: hit on a QB and a GM is a genius despite all the other crappy picks they make.

  31. skolvikingsuperbowl says: May 13, 2014 11:45 AM

    Why can’t we ever get “lucky” like that?

    The Packers make it look too easy.

  32. ariani1985 says: May 13, 2014 12:14 PM

    There is a rumor that the packers want to sign a large roll of bubble wrap and give “the roll” the league minimum to wrap the human china doll Erin Rodgers in it so he can make it thru a full season!!! The good news is he won’t be a first round bust!!!


  33. bobnelsonjr says: May 13, 2014 12:26 PM

    Obviously, he is out of that job for some reason.
    Who knows what the reason is. With all words used to lying these days whether it is smokescreen, rationalization, spin, etc.

    The only way to judge him as head of scouting is by the viking draft picks over his 12 years on the job.

    He was hired right after the vikings drafted RB Michael Bennett in the first round instead of Drew Brees. There is no indication that he was part of not getting the draft card to the podium for the 1st round pick in 2 consecutive drafts.

    During his tenure the vikings drafted Onterrio Smith (the Whizzinator), Willie Offord (3rd), Kenechi Udeze (1st), Darrion Scott (3rd, left the NFL in disgrace), Troy Williamson (1st), Erasmus James (1st), Marcus Johnson (2nd), Dustin Fox (3rd), Ryan Cook (2nd), Tarvaris Jackson (2nd), Marcus McCauley (3rd), Tyrell Johnson (2nd), Asher Allen (3rd), Chris Cook (2nd), Toby Gerhart (2nd), Christian Ponder (1st), Josh Robinson (3rd), and every one from the 4th round on has been a bust.

    That is more than 60 players that have been busts. It is over a 6:1 bust to contributor ratio.

    Good teams always have mid and late round gems that have worked out unlike the vikings.

    You have to look at the drafts as a whole, and the whole of Scott Studwell’s contributions. The over 6 to 1 bust to contributor ratio is well below the NFL average of 50%.

    There is more than one round to the draft.

  34. filthymcnasty1 says: May 13, 2014 12:42 PM


    The Vikings have finished in last place in every year of this decade – except 2012.

    You don’t finish in last place every year by accident.

  35. In Teddy We Trust says: May 13, 2014 1:16 PM

    Interesting story about Studwell: In the early ’80’s, Studwell won the heavyweight division of the NFL Arm Wrestling championship, even though he was a 225-pound linebacker competing against 280-pound offensive tackles. He moved up to the heavyweight division because the Vikings’ representative got hurt.

  36. ariani1985 says: May 13, 2014 1:38 PM

    I bet old “softie” Erin Rodgers can’t arm wrestle!!!!

  37. wheezerswin says: May 13, 2014 1:41 PM

    Gotta love how this guy went about his business. Greatness. And I’m a packer fan

  38. mountaindont says: May 13, 2014 1:48 PM

    “Take Rodgers out of the lineup and you will be lucky to win 4 games. It was totally proven last year”

    -Thank you for providing this fact. Sincerely, Green Bay Packers 2013 NFC North Champions

  39. rikker12 says: May 13, 2014 1:57 PM

    Sorry Viking fans… But your franchise is a bust!

  40. rikker12 says: May 13, 2014 1:57 PM

    I like that bust list by ariani.
    The problem with that list is, 90% of those players would have started for the Vikings.

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