Shawne Merriman was an imposing sight for opponents throughout his NFL career, but he's unsure how he would handle Joe Alt.

On Monday afternoon, the former Chargers linebacker posted a photo alongside their first-round pick. The 6-foot-9, 321-pound Alt makes Merriman look small by comparison.

"So glad I’m retired cause ain’t no way," Merriman wrote alongside the picture on X.

It's been a while since Merriman tallied 39.5 sacks for the then-San Diego Chargers from 2005 to 2007. He last suited up for the Buffalo Bills in 2012, so it's not like a comeback was in the cards for the 40-year-old.

Alt is now the rest of the league's problem.

The unanimous first-team All-American anchored Notre Dame's offensive line for three seasons before the Chargers made him the first draft choice of the Jim Harbaugh era. As the No. 5 pick, Alt was the highest-drafted offensive lineman since Andrew Thomas went No. 4 in 2020.

Harbaugh called it a "unanimous decision" to pick Alt, the "player on the top of our board."

"There's a ton of upside," Harbaugh said of the 21-year-old. "He's not a finished product. To be that good with where he's at, this is a high, high ceiling and a high floor. This is exactly what you wish for."

NFL defenders may spend the next decade reaching the same realization as Merriman when they line up against Alt. 

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