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.

40 responses to “Scott Studwell steps down as Vikings college scouting director

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

  2. 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.

  3. Studs,
    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 !

  4. 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!

  5. 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!

  6. 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?

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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..

  10. 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????

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

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

  14. 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.

  15. 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!!!


  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. “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

  19. 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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