I like Putzier as the closest thing to Gates you will see. He is the featured TE in the redzone this year for the Bronco's, just signed a large deal to come back to the Bronco's, is being tutored by Gates' former TE coach...
Last year he was pretty effective with like 580 yards but only 2 TDs because Patrick Hape was the redzone/goalline TE. That should change this year. Jake Plummer loves that rollout bootleg option to the TE inside the 5 yard line and Putzier is the target this year. Patrick Hape got 4 TDs on that play last year, if those go to Putzier, he's instantly right up there with Crumpler, Heap, Shockey, and Witten.
I could see him putting up 700+/6+ TD and being a late round productive TE.. Not Gates material, but right up into that middle tier of TEs that goes 6 or more rounds earlier.
Probably more comparable to Crumpler than Gates, but still could be a very nice value pick late at TE. I'm thinking this is the guy I target if I'm drafting LJ early and miss out on one of the 2nd tier TEs.