Looking at precombine predictions, educated guesses of who may declare, and draft positional numbers waiting until the 2nd round for an OLB may be safe for us. Going through each position we can reasonably estimate the number of players who are Round 1 talent, these are conservative estimates of course:
At this point we would be looking at roughly 27 players taken off the board who are not the DE/OLB that we are looking for. Obviously these numbers will fluctuate a bit but I think we could be safe targeting a kid in the 2nd in case we miss out in the 1st. By my guesses there should be roughly 10 kids who fit the 1st to 2nd round grade that we could target. Granted teams ahead of us in the 2nd could take all remaining OLB/DE targets but chances are it wont happen. Looking at that number (10) it does make more sense to pull the trigger on a ROT in round 1 then potentially waiting till round 2 when the talent is gone.