Former Vikings great Scott Studwell announced his resignation from the role of Director of College Scouting to take on a different role within the organization.
Studwell has been the college scouting director for 12 years and has overseen the college draft since before the team hired Rick Spielman and didn't have a general manager – whether one bearing the title of G.M. or a much longer alternative.
Studwell cited his wish to spend less time on the road and more time with his family as his reason for stepping down. At 59, the rigors of constant travel throughout the season can takes its toll and Studwell has figured the time has come to take a step back and let someone else take over the duties of being the head of college scouting.
He will be replaced by Jamaal Stephenson, who has been the assistant director of college scouting under Studwell since 2009.
Studwell played 14 seasons for the Vikings as a middle linebacker who helped bridge the gap between the last vestiges of the Purple People Eaters when he was drafted in 1977 (in the ninth round) into the Metrodome Vikings of the early 1990s. He was elected to the prestigious Ring of Honor in 2009.
When he was more in the public eye, Studwell had a willingness to answer questions, even when they were malicious and was a class act who represented the organization well. He's been a mainstay in the organization for the better part of the last 37 years and he has been instrumental in identifying and drafting dozens of unsung players who would become key components to Vikings teams over the last decade.
JOHNNY CASH REGISTER
Teddy Bridgewater is fourth in the sales of rookie jerseys at the NFL's official shopping website. As expected, Johnny Manziel was No. 1 … in a big way. Not only did Manziel top the list of rookies, despite sales of his No. 2 Cleveland jersey not being on sale until after he was drafted Thursday, he has sold more jerseys of any NFL player since April 1 in just five days.
The NFLShop.com website wouldn't confirm just how many Manziel jerseys have sold, but they confirmed that the sale of Johnny Football jerseys over draft weekend were more than those sold by Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III and Tim Tebow in their draft weekends combined.
In perhaps another record-setting effort, seventh-round pick Michael Sam of the Rams was No. 2 in jersey sales for rookies since the draft, impressive since he wasn't drafted until Saturday. Rounding out the top five were Houston DE Jadeveon Clowney, Bridgewater and Jacksonville QB Blake Bortles.
FINGERS CROSSED FOR SUPER BOWL BID
The Vikings' bid to host Super Bowl LII will be on the agenda at the NFL Spring Owners Meetings, which start next Tuesday at the Ritz-Carlton/Buckhead in Atlanta. The Super Bowl bid vote is scheduled to be made on Tuesday. The members of the Vikings Super Bowl committee include Zygi Wilf, Mark Wilf and Lester Bagley of the Vikings, along with five members of the Minneapolis business community – Marilyn Carlson, Richard Davis, Michele Kelm-Helgen, Michael Langley and Melvin Tennant.
John Holler has been writing about the Vikings for more than a decade for Viking Update. Follow Viking Update on Twitter and discuss this topic on our message boards. To become a subscriber to the Viking Update web site or magazine, click here.
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