According to the NFL’s 2017 draft prospect information, defensive back Aarion Maxey-Penton becomes a receiver when the ball is in the air. He was so good at Missouri that opposing quarterbacks scored an anemic 38.9 average qb rating when throwing against him. That’s great news for the Pirates. Maxey-Penton signed on back in November 2020 and will make his Pirates debut when the 2021 season begins this spring. After going undrafted in the 2017 NFL Draft, Maxey-Penton signed as a free agent with the Los Angeles Rams but was released. He played up north in the CFL, for the Montreal Alouettes in 2019 and the Ottawa Redblacks in 2018. In addition, Maxey-Penton gained experience in 2019 with The Spring League playing for the Generals. Maxey-Penton’s a consistent tackler and his pesky style of coverage will discourage opposing QB’s to throw his way.
2016 was Maxey-Penton’s senior season as a University of Missouri Tiger. In addition to being named All-SEC First Team, he started in 11 out of 12 games and finished the season with 43 tackles, 5 interceptions, and 1 touchdown. He finished his career 7th all-time for total career interceptions with 10. Pro Football Focus added his name to their midseason All-American list. This list included future NFL stars Lamar Jackson and Dalvin Cook. Maxey-Penton also participated in the East/West Shrine game as well as the Reese’s Senior Bowl.
2015 was a phenomenal junior season for Maxey-Penton. He recorded 59 tackles and had an impressive 8 pass break-ups. His lone interception came on the last day of the season against Arkansas. Maxey-Penton had a season high 8 tackles against Vanderbilt and seven solo tackles against Tennessee. At the team’s year end banquet Maxey-Penton was named top cornerback.
As a sophomore Maxey-Penton started 12 out of 13 games for Mizzou. He helped the Tigers achieve a 10-3 season record. While beaten by Alabama in the SEC Championship, Maxey-Penton and Mizzou came back a few weeks later and thrashed the Minnesota Gophers in the Orlando Citrus Bowl by a score of 33-17. A year prior, Maxey-Penton contributed as a true freshman. He got his first career start in a 36-17 victory over Florida.
Maxey-Penton was a prolific wide receiver in high school and selected Missouri partly due to its strong academics, but mostly its proximity to home. He also played basketball and ran track while at Christian Brothers in St. Louis. Maxey-Penton will be entering his age-26 season with the Pirates in 2021.